Look What Happens To You When You Eat Ramen Noodles

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By: Krystle Crossman

If you have ever been in college or have ever been really broke it is more than likely that you have eaten Ramen Noodles. They are a staple food in college dorms everywhere because they are cheap and very easy to make. You can throw them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes or you can microwave them. You can add things like veggies and chicken to them if you like. There are even recipe books that have hundreds of different ways that you can use these processed noodles. But just because there are recipes it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be eating them.

One of the ingredients that you will find in Ramen is Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ). This is a very toxic ingredient that should not be consumed in large (or really any) amounts. It is a petroleum based preservative that helps to keep processed foods “fresh” and give them a longer shelf life. Unfortunately the more you eat the more you reduce your body’s shelf life.

An interesting experiment was conducted by gastrointestinal specialist Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He produced time lapse videos of the inside of the stomach and watched the food’s progression through the digestive system. He had two subjects. One ate processed Ramen and the other ate fresh noodles. This was possible thanks to a tiny camera that is the size of a large pill. The subject swallows the camera and it allowed Dr. Kuo to watch what happened inside of their body as their stomach tried to digest the heavy noodles. What he found with this was that even after a few hours the processed noodles were barely broken down in the stomach as compared to the homemade noodles.

What this means is that the TBHQ is staying in your stomach longer than it should which will cause health problems (sometimes even death) down the road. The FDA guidelines state that the level of TBHQ must not exceed 0.02% of the oil and fat content in the food. In studies conducted in labs the researchers have found that 5 grams of TBHQ is enough to cause death. Just 1 gram will cause anaphylactic shock, delirium, vomiting, and nausea. It has also been linked to stomach cancer.

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17 Comments

  1. In other words, watch what you put into your body!! Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean that you have to also!!! :*

  2. David Carpenter on

    Wow! When I was young say from 10 years old to I think I ate my last Ramen noodles about two years ago I consumed mass quantities of them. I loved ramen so much I would boil em up then drain the hot water off and add a couple of ounces of cold then mix the herb and spice usually chicken flavoring with it. I did this just so I could slam them faster. I could easily eat five in one sitting.

    • Shelley Jones on

      I agree with you on that. They keep telling us we need to eat healthy but all the healthy foods are so expensive people on a limited income can’t afford it. So they buy what they can afford at least to keep from starving and it’s usually something that is not good for anyone. We are pricing good food right out of the reach of poor people which only makes for sick people which makes for health care to cost more. There is the cycle of why people are dying from cancer and other diseases that wasn’t around back in the day.

    • VICKY ROGERS- BURKS on

      You are so right. All they want too do is get rid of enough of us. And we need to fight back. I just went too there website and let them know that we know about the (TBHQ) That they are putting in their ramen noodles is KILLING US! I think we all need too do just that.

  3. My children have been eating noodles for years and now they don’t listen when I tell them what’s going on. What can I do to convince them that noodles in that form are harmful?

  4. Greg Hutchinson on

    But if you live in Japan, you can eat fine ramen (no one adds “noodles” here; it seems redundant unless you’re distinguishing the noodles from the soup). I’m sure this is different from the packaged stuff. It’s very unlikely chemicals are part of the soup makeup at a good shop. So I would say this timely warning only applies to packaged ramen.

  5. As is the case in all things, moderation is the key. I have never heard of a case of “death by Ramen noodles”. Any thing that we consume can cause health issues if we over do it.

  6. You would have to eath those noodles everyday for a long period of time for that to happen to you. I doubt that there is anyone eating them every single day. I used to boil them, drain them and put in oysters and cheeese. You should try it. It’s good.

  7. It troubles me that so many toxic chemicals are in a lot of processed food. This is one type of chemical in one type of food, but I dread to think what chemical cocktail is being produced when huge amounts of processed food are ingested over a long period of time and how these different chemicals interact with each other in the gut.

  8. I Know what You're Thinking on

    I don’t know. Being a single mom quite a few years back, in the 80’s, my daughter and myself ate Ramen Noodles at least 3 times per week. I just couldn’t afford to pay rent, pay electric, pay water, garbage, keep up with car maintenance, car insurance and everything else and eat responsibly. There just wasn’t enough to go around. My nieces and nephews ate Ramen noodles 6 out of 7 days for years. I am most positive that there are a multitude of others who share the same story and we all survived with no adverse effects on our health! I haven’t eaten Ramen noodles in a couple of years, but because of all of the noodles that I ate back in the day,I refuse to eat them any longer. They need to do research on what all this salt and sugar they put in foods is doing to our bodies. I know what about…high blood pressure and diabetes. SMH!

  9. Ramen is one of my vices. I don’t go big on processed quick meals but I have to admit that ramen had been making a recent reappearance in my life. I figured if I skipped the flavor packet I’d be okay. But now I see I’m going to have to go for a better quality noodle dish altogether.

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