Why are noodles counted as unhealthy foods?

(1) Contains large quantities of sodium
Sodium plays a vital role in maintaining proper functionality in the body. However, excessive consumption can be the cause of many diseases and disorders. Studies have proved that processed foods and packaged foods (ramen noodles) are one of the largest contributors of sodium.

(2) Contains controversial ingredients
Similar to many processed foods instant ramen noodles are loaded with flavor enhancers and preservatives. The controversial ingredients present in ramen noodles are monosodium glutamate (MSG) and Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).

MSG is present in most brands of instant ramen noodles. It adds flavor and makes the noodles more tasty and palatable. However, the excessive intake of MSG may cause adverse symptoms like weakness, elevated blood pressure levels, vomiting, and headaches.

TBHQ is a widely used preservative that is used to extend the shelf life of a product. Though a limited consumption of TBHQ is deemed safe, excessive intake may cause liver enlargement, neurological damage, and increase the risk of lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system).

(3) Contains excess fat
Ramen noodles attain fat substituents during its manufacturing process. The noodles are fried as a part of the manufacturing process.

(4) Prepared with refined flour
Refined flour has been a major topic of debate in the health industry. During processing the refined flour is being removed of the two essential nutritional parts (bran and germ) and leaves almost no fiber, mineral, vitamins, or proteins in the flour.