What is in your bowl of instant noodles?

Are you a fan of instant noodles?

This is worrying because as the demand for instant noodles increases, Singaporeans may face more health issues such as obesity, hypertension and even kidney failure that comes from eating more of their favourite processed food.

Instant noodles are the all-time favorite food of Singaporeans and according to an online Nielsen poll in July 2020, 49% of the 201 respondents said they eat instant noodles for the “delicious” taste, while 35% considered instant noodles to be their “comfort food”. Only 24% choose healthier versions such as non-fried or wholegrain versions.

Let us find out…what is in your favourite pack of instant noodles and the health risks it bring.

I hope this article has brought you some great insights on why we should not be consuming instant noodles too frequently as they are “empty calorie food”. This means that they are high in calories (about 500 to 600 calories) and little in nutrients such as protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

The recommended consumption should be about twice a month and always remember to enrich your bowl of noodles with fresh produce such as fresh vegetables, eggs and lean meat. Do use only half a pack of the sachet pack to flavour the noodles so that you can reduce your sodium consumption by half.

Lastly, a Happy New year to all the amazing readers of this health blog! Hope 2021 had been a great year for you and lets look forward to a better, healthier 2022! Cheers!

Sources:

https://www.foodmatters.com/article/whats-really-in-instant-noodles-shocking

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/cnainsider/healthy-instant-noodles-hype-fad-reality-check-marketing-gimmick-589926

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