Noodles make for the perfect meal among children and some adults, but have you ever wondered what your two-minute solution might be doing to your health? Here are a few well-kept secret on how your body processes packaged noodles and the possible effects it can have on you.
Dr. Libby Weaver gave some hints on the effects of homemade vs store bought noodles and the difference they can have on our digestive system. As part of the test, he had two parties come for experiment. Each party was given a meal to eat; one being homemade noodles and the being other store-bought noodles.
The homemade noodles were made from flour and water, seasoned in a broth of water, vegetables and salt and pepper. The other party was given store-bought noodles, peppered with seasoning and a blue sports drink to wash it down. Each participant was then given a capsule-sized camera to swallow, giving Dr. Libby Weaver a closer look at what meal the body prefers.
Watch the video below to see for yourself:
As you might not be surprised to hear, the comparisons between the two were shocking. Four hours after the homemade meal was digested, all that remained in the digestive tract was a white fluffy substance, which happens with most natural and homemade meals. Comparatively, the store-bought noodles were still in-tact, showing visible teeth marks in the noodles. Additionally, the blue sports drink colored the noodles blue – due to its chemical makeup being derived from petroleum. The findings suggested there are some substances and ingredients found in these processed foods that our body does not have the ability to break down.
Another scientist, Dr. Braden Kuo who heads the Neuroenteric Research Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital also showed that the Ramen noodles used for the study were less broken down.
“The most striking thing about our experiment was when you looked at a time interval, say one or two hours, we noticed the processed Ramen Noodles were less broken down than the homemade,” Said Kuo. He also noted that this finding should encourage more testing of processed foods as the study was too small to be conclusive about anything.
The components of noodles can lead weight gain, increased blood pressure, headaches, and nausea.
In addition to that, a single serve of instant noodles contains approximately 861mg of sodium, however, most packets of noodles are double serves. So if you eat the whole thing you’re looking at 1722mg of sodium which is more than half your recommended daily consumption of sodium in just one quick snack, which can lead to consuming too much sodium and can increase your blood pressure by holding excess fluid in your body, creating an added burden on your heart and increasing your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and kidney disease.