Ramen Noodles…Should you be eating them?

ramen noodles good or bad

Today I am looking at what is in those packets of instant, quick cook Ramen Noodles which seem to line every store’s shelves in their hundreds. A packet for one or a multi-packs they come in pots and packages for ease of use BUT exactly what are you eating or giving your children to eat???

You just know that I am going to tell you…Don’t you???

Ramen noodles are particularly unhealthy because they contain a food additive called Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is a petroleum industry byproduct. They’re also incredibly high in sodium, calories and saturated fat.

The containers packaging these noodles aren’t helping much either. The dreaded chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is widely used in the styrofoam cups in which we often buy our ramen noodle lunches. Among other things, BPA may be a carcinogen. It is also considered a hormone disruptor, negatively affecting natural hormones in our bodies such as estrogen.

Between the preservatives and the packaging, instant noodles are a minefield of potential health problems. The more you eat, the worse it is. It’s just not worth the risk.

Yet Again, Proof That We Should Avoid Processed Foods

We shouldn’t need more evidence, but this study provides it. Instant and processed foods are the worst possible meal choices we can make. Want visual proof that you really need to avoid processed ramen noodles? Then watch this video…


What is Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), 

It is a synthetic antioxidant that is added to foods to prevent or delay oxidation. Oxidation causes food to lose flavour quality, colour and can even cause foods to become toxic. In addition, oxidation causes vitamins to break down, causing food to lose some of its nutritional value.

TBHQ, which stands for tertiary butylhydroquinone, is commonly used in foods such as crackers, microwave popcorn, butter and chicken nuggets.

Used to extend the shelf life of oily and fatty foods. In processed foods, it’s sprayed on the food or on its packaging to prevent discolouration and changes to flavour and odour. Others products, such as cosmetics, perfumes, varnishes and lacquers, contain TBHQ to maintain stability.

I am already feeling quite sick and so pleased that I have never had any of this pass my lips… I can’t say that for other family members…

Much of the hype surrounding TBHQ dwells on its relationship to butane, a component of lighter fluid.TBHQ is composed in part of a grouping of four carbon atoms, called a “butyl.” Many harmless substances, such as butter, also contain butyl. The word butyl is even derived from the Latin word for butter, “butyrum.”

Although TBHQ might be safe in small doses, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. And since it’s used to preserve processed foods that are naturally oily or fatty, avoiding these foods would certainly be a healthy choice. When considering your health, do a bit of research before deciding that the popular account is the correct one.

I myself am very sceptical as so many foods which have been deemed to be safe for us have proved not to be and those who can are now in many cases wildly back peddling on their previous claims.

Myself I don’t wish to give anything like this the benefit of the doubt I would err on the side of caution and avoid like the plague…

Are there healthy Ramen Noodles?

There are so many noodles of different shapes and sizes and indeed much healthier for us…

Restaurant Ramen Noodles.

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly advertised healthy broth because some varieties contain 10 to 15 grams of fat, which is equivalent to the calories in two to three pats of butter.” And the nutritional hits don’t stop there: A single restaurant serving of ramen can contain half of your recommended sodium limit for the day — What can a ramen Noodle lover do?

Simples…Make your own!



This guy is actually quite funny and his recipes good… If you really haven’t the time then these are some healthy Ramen Noodles…Google is a good source if you put in Healthy Ramen Noodles and then do a little research to double check.

pork-noodle-soup Take  a  base of low-sodium chicken/pork broth, lots of veggies, whole wheat or vegetable noodles and then make it a meal by adding chicken, fish, seafood, egg or lean meat,”https://blondieaka.com/2018/09/27/thai-pork-noodle-soup-gaeng-jeud-woon-sen/

chicken noodle soup


Now doesn’t that look tasty and it is… Once you have made your broth it can be frozen in portions…If you are going to tell me that you are ultra busy at work and instant noodles are quick and easy then my response is what price do you put on your health?

You can take the broth to work with a container of some chicken and a container of vegetables and noodles of your choice…

It can all be put together very quickly and heated in a saucepan…Ready in 5 minutes and by the time you have left your office got to the noodle stall or supermarket and back again that could be 15-20 minutes gone…To assemble and heat is 5-8 minutes so a no-brainer and doesn’t that look so much better?

I know which option I would prefer and truly if you really are worried about yours or your family’s health and well-being then a bit of planning will soon become second nature and you will be healthier.

As for Ramen Noodles do I really want to be buying food laden with preservatives and nasties and which if I can’t eat in moderation will likely kill me or give me a chronic disease…

We all have a choice I know what mine is…Do you???

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About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week



23 thoughts on “Ramen Noodles…Should you be eating them?

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  2. Greg Taniguchi

    You make some valid points, especially about the amount of sodium of instant ramen although you’re why I blog. Regardless of all the information out there (you do research though which is very cool), I see articles like yours that are silly AF… you have your own narrative you want to promote. I say that because you go from instant noodles, a restaurant version, to your version which is not ramen (unfortunately knowing what ramen is, is lost on so many and all too many “ching chong” it up by lumping all Asians as one). You lump in a Thai dish which is like talking about Russian stroganoff and then giving out a recipe for puttanesca (it’s all over the place). Just simply call your noodles, noodle soup because it has absolutely nothing to do with Japan or ramen. Oh, as for health, Japan ranks #1 on life expectancy, 166th on being obese (the US ranks 17th), so before claiming to have healthier food/lifestyle, maybe you might want to research more.


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  4. inesephoto

    When my daughter was a teenager she ate them with her friends. Thankfully, she is a mother of three now and I have never seen a single pack of them in her pantry 🙂 I wish people realise that not everything is edible.

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  5. marianbeaman

    A recipe I make rarely but do get compliments on is Nutty Slaw Salad which contains uncooked, crushed Ramen noodles. It also contains a whole chopped cabbage, slivered almonds, and sunflower seeds with a vinegar-based dressing. The video does say the results of the Ramen noodle study are inconclusive, and since I don’t make it often (probably twice a year), I guess it won’t do much harm.

    I don’t have time to make my own noodles, but could choose as healthier kind for this salad dish, I suppose. 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think Moderation is the key with most things don’t you?…I know many people eat them very regularly here and that is what causes the problems with most food I think So enjoy your nutty slaw salad it sounds very nice, Marian 🙂

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  6. Susanne Swanson

    I never understood the popularity of the processed ramen noodle soup, other than convenience. I may have tried it once and that was enough for me! Your homemade version looks fabulous! ~ I am guilty of the microwave popcorn but it’s so tasty and easy that I’m going to plead moderation on that one! 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Many won’t listen…I just present the facts and moderation is good I think as long as you are not eating them for every meal and snack you should be ok…Or you could make your own ???? 🙂 x

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