The consumption of junk foods and noodles is at its highest peak in this modern time. Many people have replaced real and actual foods with junks for two main reasons.
The reasons are lack of time (very busy people) and poverty. People on a low budget like college students and the unemployed dwell on junks more than real foods.
Fast foods don’t do any good in your body. They can satisfy your hunger in less than two minutes. But the long-term effect is unbearable.
I had experience with fast foods when I was in university. I thought I was being wise by eating only fast foods. I thought I was saving money this way.
I ate noodles three times a day. I started noticing that my health was deteriorating fast. I woke up tired every morning, I experienced flushing in my right breast, and I had frequent flu.
When I started studying naturopathy, I then understood why those things happened to me. I also saw that I wasn’t wise in eating junk foods. I wasn’t saving any money. Rather I was going to pay heavily for it in the future if had continued in that path.
The Dangers of Fast Foods
Fast foods like snacks made with white flour, noodles, and other junks are harmful to your body when you take them on a daily basis. They are void of vital nutrients that your body needs.
The processes they go through eliminate the nutrients. The additives, preservatives, and other chemicals added to these foods are poisonous to the body.
Let me briefly explain some of the dangerous effects of noodles on the body. Noodles are the most consumed fast foods in the world. The Asians are the highest consumers of noodles in the world at the time of writing this article.
Noodles have harmful effects on your body weight. They also affect vital organs of your body like your heart and even blood vessels.
The Dangers of Noodles in the Body
They are nutritionally deficient
Noodles are low in fibers, minerals, and vitamins. This is even because the company has improved on this recently. They were completely lacking in these vital nutrients.
The importance of these nutrients in the body cannot be overemphasized. Imagine feeding on noodles all through, this means the body will be screaming for these nutrients through various symptoms.
They are high in sodium and refined carbohydrates
A high intake of sodium causes high blood pressure. Noodles worsen hypertension in those who already have it. It also raises the risks of hypertension in those who don’t have. It makes high blood pressure uncontrollable.
Hypertension raises the risks of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. If you want to lose weight, avoid noodles because it makes one fat. Excess sodium leads to water retention in the body and this makes you fat.
The process they go through
Noodles are made with processed wheat flour. The process removes all the nutrients in the wheat and only leaves behind a bleached white flour. This will increase your glycemic index and raise your risk of diabetes.
The body hardly digests noodles
It takes the body a long time to fully digest noodles. It also inhibits the absorption of nutrients. This mostly affects children under the age of 5.
The longer it takes for these noodles to digest, the more chemicals your body would absorb.
Noodles have been linked to cancer
There are many chemicals in this unnatural food that have been linked to specific types of cancers.
Noodles affect pregnancy
Women who eat noodles during pregnancy are more prone to miscarriage than women who don’t. it also affects the development of the fetus.
The controversial MSG
Most brands of noodles contain Mono-sodium glutamate. This additive is used to enhance the taste of noodles. This chemical causes flushing (a feeling of heat in some parts of the body like the face), a burning sensation, pains, and even headaches.
I remember constant flushing I experienced in my right breast when I was on noodles three times daily. MSG has also been linked to brain havoc. It affects the development of brains in fetuses.
It causes cytoplasm swelling, neuron, and nuclei damage. It causes allergies, chest pains, nausea, and other discomforts.
Other chemicals present in noodles
There are lots of chemicals like colorings, preservatives, and other additives added to noodles. For instance, one of them is propylene glycol which prevents the noodles from drying up by retaining moisture.
This compound weakens your immune system. It is not easily eliminated. It accumulates in the vital organs of your body like your kidneys, liver, and heart.
This will cause a lot of damages and abnormalities in those areas. Another chemical is Styrofoam. It is used in making noodles containers. This has been linked to cancer.
Noodles also contain tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ). This harmful chemical is a byproduct of petrol. It is used to preserve cheap processed foods. It affects your digestive system badly.
Exposure to one gram of TBHQ can make on collapse. It can also cause nausea and vomiting, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sense of suffocation, and delirium. It also causes cancer.
The body finds it difficult to eliminate TBHQ, so it accumulates in your tissues. Even at the lowest doses, TBHQ has been linked to liver problems, reproductive problems, cell mutations, and other biochemical changes.
Benzopyrene is another chemical used in noodles, it causes cancers of blood cells like leukemia. Glutamic acid is also present in noodles. It causes respiratory, eye, and skin irritation.
The BPA in the packages causes hormonal disruptions and other problems.
They are coated with wax
Noodles are coated with wax and this prevents them from sticking together when you cook them. This wax causes stomach problems in people of all ages. Soak the noodles in hot water for some minutes before cooking it.
Make sure you discard the water. The body also finds it difficult to eliminate this wax.
Healthy Ways to Eat Noodles
- It shouldn’t be every day and it shouldn’t be in large quantities. Once in awhile is okay. Don’t use the seasoning that comes along with it. But I would advise you completely remove noodles from your diet.
- Soak it in hot water for some minutes and then discard the water before cooking it. This is to remove the wax coating it.
- Add a good source of proteins to your noodles since they are completely lacking in protein. You can also add some vegetables.
But if you can, I will advice you avoid noodles completely. See our free quick meal guides here.
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