6 reasons why you should avoid having instant noodles

A 2017 Seoul-based study found a link between consumption of instant noodles and insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and hypertension in youngsters between 18-29 years.

A single serving of instant noodles often includes more than half of the adult Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of salt. High sodium can lead to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney diseases.

High sodium content

Instant noodles are generally low in fiber and high in carbohydrates. Fiber is needed for maintaining a healthy digestive system.

Lack of fiber

The preparation of instant noodles involves deep frying, resulting in a high levels  of harmful saturated and trans fats. This leads to increasing the risk for obesity, heart disease, and other health problems.

High in unhealthy fats

Compared to a balanced meal, instant noodles lack protein, vitamins, and minerals necessary for general health and wellbeing.

Lack of nutritional value

Instant noodles contain processed ingredients, artificial additives, and preservatives. They can have negative implications on the digestive system and overall health in the long run.

Processed ingredients and preservatives

Instant noodles consist of refined carbs that can raise blood sugar levels quickly, followed by a drop. Over time, this cycle may raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and cause mood swings.

Impact on blood sugar

The healthier alternative to instant noodles can be the whole wheat noodles loaded with vegetables and/or egg.

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