Ramen and other processed noodles are a staple in many Asian countries, but there has also been a recent rise in heart disease and a growing number of overweight adults. Particularly in South Korea (the largest national consumer of processed noodles worldwide). Dr. Hyun Joon Shin, a clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University Medical Center, decided to investigate both trends to see if there was a link.
What he discovered in his research is frightening. The study determined that eating processed noodles like ramen, lo mein, Thai, or glass noodles, more than two or more times a week, increases the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.
According to the National Institutes of Health, metabolic syndrome is a group of factors that raise your risk for cardiovascular issues, diabetes, stroke, and even death. They note that metabolic syndrome may soon replace smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease, and that long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise are the best ways to protect against it.
With such dire consequences on the line, it’s just not worth the risk eating these noodles. Even if you only eat ramen once or twice a month!
One brick of ramen contains 40% of your daily intake of saturated fat!
Even the packaging may be unsafe as the styrofoam likely contains bisphenol-A, or BPA, a suspected carcinogen.
Not to mention the 1,560 grams of sodium in these little packets. That’s more than half the FDA’s recommended daily allowance!
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