Viral Video Breaks Down Why You Should Eat Less Instant Noodles

Do you only reserve instant ramen or quick noodles for your cheat days? You may be doing something right! A new viral video shows why instant noodles are not as harmless as they may seem. One primary health concern of instant noodles is their high sodium content. A single serving can contain up to 1,800 mg of sodium, close to or even exceeding the daily recommended intake of 2,300 mg set by health authorities such as the American Heart Association. 

Excessive sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage. Consuming too much sodium can also lead to water retention and bloating, causing discomfort and potential weight gain. A new viral video made by content creator Kamera Jr breaks down why you should cut down on your consumption of instant noodles. "If you ask any doctor out there they’ll tell you that instant noodles are not an actual meal and are actually messing up your body,” the creator says.

Instant noodles are typically high in refined carbohydrates and low in essential nutrients like fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The primary ingredients are usually white flour, palm oil, and salt, which offer minimal nutritional benefits. Regular consumption of instant noodles can lead to nutritional deficiencies, as these meals do not provide a balanced diet needed for maintaining overall health. 

In the reel which has garnered more than a million, the creator acknowledges the nutritional deficiencies of instant noodles. He says, “You can have any noodles just not instant noodles because the ones in the cup have too much salt, like way too much and research shows that too much salt will give you high blood pressure and even kidney disease. Instant noodles also have no protein or fibre, they’re just carbs! So eventhough they’re delicious, they’re not a full meal.”

However, this doesn’t mean you need to cut out instant noodles out of your diet; you can always add some nutrition to your plate with bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, chicken and other sources of protein. However, be mindful of the carb intake. Read the pack of instant noodles to learn how much carbohydrates are in one pack (since some brands can go up to 500-600 calories per pack) and then keep track of what you’re adding to it so you don’t consume too many carbs.