Avoid Instant Noodles

1. Nutrient Absorption : Noodles inhibit the absorption of nutrients for the children under 5.

2. Cancer Causing : The ingredient in the instant noodles called “Styrofoam’, Which is a cancer causing agent.

3. Miscarriage : Women who are Eating instant noodles during their pregnancy causes miscarriage, because it affect the development of a fetus.

4. Junk Food : instant noodles are enriched with full of carbohydrates, but no vitamins, fiber and minerals. This makes the instant noodles considered as a junk food.

5. Sodium : Instant noodles are power packed with high amounts of sodium. Excess consumption of sodium leads to heart disease, stroke, hypertension and kidney damage.

6. MSG : Monosodium Glutamate is used to enhance the flavour of instant noodles. People who are allergic to MSG consume it as part of their diet, then they end up suffering from headaches, facial flushing, pain, burning sensations.

7. Overweight : Eating Noodles is the leading cause of obesity. Noodles contains fat & large amounts of sodium, which causes water retention in the body and surely it leads to overweight.

8. Digestion : Instant noodles are bad for digestive system. Regular consumption of instant noodles causes irregular bowl movements and bloating.

9. Propylene Glycol : The ingredient in the instant noodles called “Propylene Glycol” which has a anti-freeze property. This ingredient is used because it prevents the noodles from drying by retaining moisture. It weakens the immune system of our body. It is easily absorbed by the body and it accumulates in the kidneys, heart and liver. It causes abnormalities and damage to those areas.

10. Metabolism : Regular consumption of instant noodles affect the body’s metabolism, because of the chemical substances like additives, coloring and preservatives inside the noodles.

Packed Food: Healthy or Unhealthy

From idlis, dosas, pav bhaji, aaloo chole, navratan korma and vegetable biryani to chicken curry—grocery stores and supermarkets are full of packed foods. Store-owners say that the sale of such items, also known as convenience food, has increased considerably over the past few years. But how healthy are they?

 

Dr Rekha Sharma, former president of the Indian Dietetic Association, says having such food is convenient but it is not at all healthy. “Ready-to-eat meals are full of salt, trans-fat and colours, which can cause problems related to blood pressure, heart and kidneys. Overdependence on such food items, particularly among youngsters and working couples, can prove disastrous,” she said.

 

According to Swati Bhardwaj, senior research officer at Diabetes Foundation of India, packaged consumer foods use high salt and fat content for long-term preservation. She added that the preservatives make the food unfit for consumption specifically for a population heading towards non-communicable diseases (obesity, diabetes, heart diseases). “If one has to have such meals, it is better to opt for foods which have a lower fat content and contain fewer calories. Steamed, baked, roasted items usually have a lower fat content than fried foods. Adding green salad and fruits to the menu can also help,” she said.

 

Excess salt, a major component and preservative used in ready-to-eat-meals, is a known cause of high blood pressure. It is the cause for 57% of heart attacks and 40% of stroke cases, says the World Health Organization. “A small amount of salt on a daily basis—WHO recommends less than 5 grams per day per person—is essential for nerve and muscle function. But in India people consume eight to nine grams of salt daily,” a senior health official said.

 

Use of phosphate as food additive and preservative is another concern. Nutritionists say phosphate occurs naturally in the form of organic esters in many foods including meat, potatoes and bread. “Natural phosphate is organically bound and only 40% to 60% of it is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. But the additive phosphate, which is not organically bound, is very effectively absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract thus causing health problems,” said a senior doctor.

 

“Food additives, colors, preservatives and environmental pollution are likely to be contributory factors for kidney diseases especially in young persons with unexplained kidney failure,” said Dr R P Mathur, senior consultant and head of the department of nephrology and renal transplant services at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Vasant Kunj.