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Friday Video: Instant Noodles Being Digested: So What?

You’ve probably seen the video they’re talking about in this news clip before. Not only that, you’ve probably seen many, many news articles about how horrible this is. I got an email yesterday about the video asking about my opinion. So here goes.

Remember when you were a kid and another kid asked you, ‘do you want seafood?’ You answered ‘huh?’ and then something happened. The other kid, who was chewing something in their mouth would open wide and stick out their tongue with the chewed food on it and exclaim ‘see? Food!’ What was your reaction? Disgust.

This video seems to be the viral equivalent. I’m sure there are a lot of foods that don’t process very quickly in the gut – kale, for instance. Not only that, I’m sure 99% of what we eat, however appetizing to begin with, looks really different and exceedingly unpalatable when churning in our stomachs. To be honest, I’m more disgusted by the guy who had to get the camera-pill out when it was ejected from the other end and plug it into a USB port…

Anyways, the reason this video went viral wasn’t because of the fact that it was instant noodles or that it was something internal and ubiquitously considered ‘gross.’ These are both things that are easily found on the Internet with ease. What happened here was the grip of ‘clickbait.’ Clickbait is a link that begs you to click it with a catchy title; something like ‘Just Wait Until You See What This 5 Year Old Does With A Diaper That Has Mothers everywhere Up In Arms.’ Click, click, click. Who cares if it’s true or accurate, it’ll get you over to their site – so you can see the adverts on their page. Page views equal money folks, that’s just the way it is.

So when you see ‘A Scary Look At The Digestion Of Instant Ramen Noodles Inside Your Stomach – A Deadly Ingredient You Need To Know About,’ you click. This one had a fairly well done article that went into the dangers of TBHQ, however it doesn’t cite exactly how much TBHQ is in the average brick of instant noodles, just that large amounts of it wasn’t good for a lab rat.

I like the fact that the study hasn’t gotten the researcher caught up in a crazy buzz really, especially when he says it doesn’t prove anything and he still eats instant noodles. It’s funny how the source of the video isn’t the source of all the hype and buzz. But notice how at the beginning of the news clip it has a big banner saying ‘Health Alert.’ Keep watching – you’ll see commercials soon.

Setting The Record Straight: Rampant Claims Of Instant Noodle Dangers

3/19/2013 – UPDATE – Check this new article out – I was published on consumeraffairs.com

8/31/2012 – UPDATE – Thanks to everyone checking out this article and for the nice words! Thought I’d also mention I have an article about cup noodle rumors you might like – check it out HERE.

At first, I found it laughable, but now it’s gotten to the point where I feel something should be said. I’ve been seeing more and more posts going up on blogs from around the world about the dangers of instant noodles. They claim some ridiculous things that are just plain untrue. I think the people who might really bear the brunt of this are those among us who eat instant noodles because they can’t afford more expensive foods. Here are some of the issues I’ve seen mentioned and some facts and supporting info.

UPDATE Sept 5, 2012: Saw this picture as I was looking for articles to put on the Noodle News and

figure it’s got to be the culprit for a lot of the worries people have had.

Heating MSG (Found In Instant Noodles) Changes It Into A Toxic, Deadly Form

FALSE

This one is kind of obvious. If heating MSG made it deadly toxic, wouldn’t everyone be dead by now? Here’s a great post about this and other things from a blog called The Butcher Of Kuala Lumpur:

Here’s Snopes.com’s article about it:

Instant Noodles Are Coated With Wax

FALSE

You’re kidding, right? One of the reasons they’re saying is that the wax ‘keeps the noodles separated.’ Anyone with an ounce of reason will know that instant noodles that are coated in wax aren’t going to stay sepasrated from the wax. Wax melts and relatively moderate temperatures. They mention boiling the noodles, draining them and putting them in fresh water. The only thing you’ll get by doing this is would be that you’d get rid of some of the gluten.
Here’s what I found on a page by Monde Nissin:

Instant noodles do not contain any wax. Noodle strands do not stick together as a natural consequence of the process of slitting or cutting the noodle dough into strands, steaming, and then frying in normal cooking oil.

You can see the page at http://www.mondenissin.com/main.php/products/lucky_me/truth_myth

Instant Noodle Cups Are Lined With Wax

FALSE

Another strange one that’s circulated quite a bit lately. Supposedly, this would be so the cup wouldn’t leak. I dunno – weird reasoning there. I found two things that logically supported that this is a false claim.

First, there’s a page on Snopes.com. Snopes is renowned for shedding the light of reason on rumors that go from implausable to fact in minutes in our information based world.

Second, again you can hit up the Monde Nissin page – they have a really great list of Facts vs Myths that should answer most questions asbout the safety of instant noodles.

What got me really amped up to write this article was this article that I just found recently – http://thinkbet.com/2012/04/25/disease-caused-by-excessive-instant-noodles-consumption/

I was very interested in finding out what this ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ was  that’s mentioned at the end. Well, This article about it mentions how MSG has never been directly proven to correlate with it.

Here’s another article – this one is about preservatives – http://health-food-nutrition.blogspot.com/2010/10/right-dose-preservative-noodles-safe.html

So much hype and so much fear don’t seem very healthy – I’m pretty sure hypertension has been proven to be unhealthy. Anyways, take everything you read with a grain of salt (I’m even groaning at that one – sorry) and use common sense when you read scary food articles online. Do your research – don’t let someone with an agenda decide what’s good for you.