What is inside instant noodles?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) claims that the most important preservative found in instant noodles is TBHQ or Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone. In case you didn’t know, TBHQ is a popular food additive found in many inexpensive processed foods like microwave popcorn, wheat thins, and sweet pop-tarts.
Even though the FDA allows a certain percentage of TBHQ in foods with should be less than 0,02%, it turns out that even small amounts of this compound can cause problems in consumers almost right away. In addition, it can make almost all the organs in the body weaker over some period of time and even lead to increased risk of experiencing cancers and tumors.
Now let’s check the list that explains the preservatives found in commercial, instant noodles:
– As we already said, TBHQ is the main preservative in instant noodles which is used to improve the mixing of salt, wheat, flour and vegetable oil in noodles. What’s shocking is that this ingredient is often found in products like lacquers, perfumes, resins and even in certain types of biodiesels.
– Next, instant noodles contain propylene glycol which is an alcohol that comes in a liquid form used to keep the texture of instant noodles while they are boiled. However, this compound is also found in tobacco products and ordinary antifreeze chemicals.
– Many different kinds of instant noodles contain BPA or Bisphenol A, a harmful chemical which is also used in Styrofoam. BPA can penetrate the body easily because it melts in the noodles when they are covered with hot water. This compound will bring negative effects to the endocrine system which means that it can ruin the metabolic activity of the body.
– One packet of commercial noodles contains about 1875 mg of sodium and this amount goes over the recommended intake per day – 1500 mg.
– MSG or Monosodium glutamate is a type of sodium salt that contains glutamic acid which provides about 80% of the addictive flavor typical for popular salty snacks and foods. Consumption of high amounts of MSG can lead to increased heart rate, headaches, nausea and excessive sweating.
– Instant noodles also contain corn syrup, an artificial sweetener that is used to maintain the texture of noodles. At the same time, this syrup also affects the fat balance in the body and the metabolic rate in a negative way.
– Finally, instant noodles come packed with vegetable oils like canola, cottonseed and palm oils which are used to make them slippery and easy to consume. Even though linseed and canola are not saturated, palm oil is rich in saturated fat and they can support the accumulation of unhealthy fat in the body.
Click ‘Next Page (>)’ to keep reading and don’t forget to SHARE with your Facebook friends.