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Are noodles healthy?

  1. Noodles are pasta made from unleavened dough that is boiled in water. There are different types of noodles, not all types of which are available in the Dutch supermarket. Most people eat instant noodles when they eat noodles. But are instant noodles actually healthy?

What are noodles?

  1. Unproof dough cooked in water is called noodles. There are many different types of noodles.

Types of noodles

  1. Some noodles are the following:

Homemade noodles

  1. Fresh homemade noodles are of course healthier than instant noodles. If you cook yourself, you know exactly what's in your meal. However, making noodles yourself takes more time and people tend to prefer instant noodles more quickly.

Instant noodles

  1. Yes, they are still noodles, however they are marketed with the English term. The ingredients for instant noodles listed below may vary by brand. Flavor enhancers, for example, are not in the instant noodles (stir fry) of the brand Maggi.

Flavor enhancers

  1. Some instant noodles contain flavor enhancers including E621, or monosodium glutamate. This flavor is highly addictive because it stimulates the taste buds and signals the brain to eat more. It is therefore not only in instant noodles, but can also be found in chips, for example. Unox instant noodles are an example of noodles that contain this flavor enhancer.

Lots of sodium

  1. Instant noodles contain a lot of sodium. Sodium is a part of salt that you should not get too much of. Too much sodium is hard on the kidneys. In addition, too much sodium is bad for blood pressure and the heart.

Saturated fat

  1. Instant noodles can contain a lot of saturated fat. Too much saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. The instant noodles from the Maggi brand, for example, contain a lot of saturated fat.

Propylene glycol

  1. Instant noodles contain an ingredient called propylene glycol. This ingredient has been added to prevent the noodles from drying out. It is also used in anti-freeze products. Propylene glycol, however, can cause liver, heart, kidney and a weakened immune system.

Glycemic index

  1. Instant noodles contain between a value of 40 out of 50. A glycemic below 55 is considered low. Instant noodles therefore do not cause blood sugar spikes. For this reason people with diabetes could eat instant noodles.

  2. Instant noodles contain between a value of 40 out of 50. A glycemic below 55 is considered low. Instant noodles therefore do not cause blood sugar spikes. People with diabetes could eat instant noodles for this reason.



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