Will you keep feeding your kids with Ramen noodles after reading this?
People who are fans of noodles are the ones that will hardly accept the fact that these noodles are actually very harmful for our health. In fact, noodles are linked to the risk of getting metabolic changes that are linked to strokes and heart diseases.
Cheap processed noodles often contain TBHQ (Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone). This is a by-product used in both petroleum and food industries.
This chemical is neither beneficial nor digestible to your body in any way. Research in the Journal of Nutrition came to the conclusion that after consuming the Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone chemical for a longer period of time, like women in South Korea, metabolic syndrome may occur and nothing, even changing the diet, exercising and eating healthy, could reverse the damage.
People with metabolic syndrome generally have increased risk of getting diabetes, stroke and heart disease, higher levels of blood glucose and high blood pressure.
Hyun Shin (a doctoral candidate in Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health) said that even though the noodles are delicious, their glycemic loads, unhealthy saturated fats and high sodium amounts are very bad for our overall health. He made this health based research on 11,000 South Korean people aged between 19 and 64. He asked them to list the things they have been eating recently and how many times a week they have been consuming noodles.
South Korea is the number one country in which instant noodles are mostly consumed per-capita. United States are at number 6 on this list, according to World Instant Noodles Association. USA is just behind Japan, Vietnam, India and China.
Here are some other TBHQ food products:
McDonalds chicken nuggets and French fries
CHEEZ-IT Crackers made by Kellogg’s
Red Barron frozen pizza
Little Debbies nutty bars and some M&M products
Many Kellogg’s products
Taco bell beans and some taco shells
KFC beans and fried chicken
Keebler Club crackers
Butterfinger chocolate and Reese’s Peanut butter cups
Some hair dyes lipsticks and eye shadows
Home style Peanut butter cookies
Some forms of soymilk
Different breads, cereals and crackers could contain TBHQ
Some pet foods
Many cosmetic products and baby products
The list is this “short” because there are way too many TBHQ products out there. The biggest problem is that our regulatory agencies do not act responsibly when it comes to safety of processed foods. Most people are aware that processed foods are bad for our overall health because only God knows what chemicals may be in that kind of food.
A gastrointestinal specialist did a time lapse video inside the stomach. He compared both preserved and fresh ramen noodles. Two hours after digestion, the results came out. They were astonishing! So, before you eat your next bowl of processed noodles you may want to watch the video below.