Deliciously Deadly?

Should we worry about how much ramen we can safely consume?


    As seniors are preparing to face college, they are also preparing to face many bowls of ramen in their future.

    Invented in 1958, by Momofuku Ando, the cheap, long lasting, and instant noodles saved many poverty sticken people from starvation. Or served as a quick meal for those who do not have the time to prepare a full course dinner. But is ingesting so much ramen on a daily basis really a smart idea? Can ramen really lead to your death?

    Research from Baylor University and Harvard say it may be so. There have been links made in which ramen noodles can lead to Heart Disease, Stroke and Metabolic Syndrome. The instant noodles are known to contain Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), which is commonly used to preserve cheap, snack like, processed foods.

    In a study based in South Korea, women who ate a large amount of ramen noodles were more likely to have “metabolic syndrome” even though they may have eaten other, healthier, foods and exercised. Metabolic syndrome can lead to high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

    Although this study may sound alarming, the research, once conclusive, contained its faults. The study was not able to isolate ramen noodles as the main cause of these health problems. It was also conducted only in South Korea where an average person would eat 74 packages of ramen within a year. In conclusion, such studies are not reliable for outside countries where diet diversities are an obvious obstacle.

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