Ramen and other processed noodles are a staple in many Asian countries, but recently there has also been a recent rise in heart disease and a growing number of overweight adults, especially in South Korea (the largest national consumer of processed noodles worldwide). A clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Hyun Joon Shin decided to investigate both trends to see if there was a link.
What he found in his research is frightening…the study determined that eating processed noodles – such as ramen, lo mein, Thai, or glass noodles – two or more times a week increases the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.
The National Institutes of Health, says that metabolic syndrome is a group of factors that raise your risk for cardiovascular issues, diabetes, stroke, and even death. They noted that metabolic syndrome may soon replace smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease, and that long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise are the best ways to protect against it.
One brick of ramen contains 40% of your daily intake of saturated fat!
Even the packaging may be unsafe since the styrofoam likely contains bisphenol-A, or BPA, a suspected carcinogen.
Not to mention the 1,560 grams of sodium in these little packets, which is more than half the FDA’s recommended daily allowance!
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