They have an incredible shelf life, they are dirt cheap, they can be pretty tasty, and they are super simple to make. Ramen noodles., but are they good for you? Nope!
If you’ve ever been totally broke, then you’ve likely had a serious Ramen noodle phase. Even if you are in a pinch for time, but want something filling and quick to make, you probably have gone the Ramen noodle route. Well as the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. While Ramen noodles are cheap, they are expensive when it comes to health. And they can do some nasty stuff to our bodies.
Introducing Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a food additive as a preservative and it’s what makes those old packets of ramen noodles still remain good after so many months, or years. This chemical byproduct of the petroleum industry is very hard to digest. A Massachusetts General Hospital doctor did a little test regarding these noodles. Dr. Braden Kuo is a gastroenterologist and he wanted to see how exactly our stomachs digest packaged, preservative laced ramen noodles. He compared the digestion with the more naturally made and fresh ramen noodles (yes those do exist too).
A tiny camera called a “smart pill” was used by participants. They swallowed them down along with their ramen meals. The video clip captured what happened next. There is a 20 minute interval and a 2 hour interval and the results of both are pretty shocking between the fresh ramens and the processed ramens. The carcinogenic effect that TBHQ may have on our health is definitely concerning. There seems to be a correlation involving TBHQ and cancerous stomach tumors in lab animals, some studies have suggested. Of course the chemical is approved for human consumption and is considered safe, despite the fact that long-term health issues are not known.
In the end, it’s pretty clear. If you want to go Ramen, your going have to pluck down some dough for the fresh kind, and skip the cheap processed versions. Fresh foods are always better, and safer, for our bodies than the processed stuff!
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