Aug 042006

There are quite a few comments on this site about the many evils of ramen. “It’s high in fat, it’s high in sodium, it’s too processed….” Well most of this is all true, but it’s also true about potato chips! So it’s pretty simple, enjoy ramen, preferably in moderation, and stop complaining!

    Here are some other tips:

  • You can substantially reduce the sodium in ramen by not using the flavor packet (or only using a portion)
  • Shop around and look for ‘baked’ ramen. Personally I haven’t seen it in years, but maybe it’s still out there?
  • Don’t add other salty ingredients such as soy sauce to you ramen if you are worried about sodium
  • Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. Eat ramen at your own risk 😉

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  54 Responses to “Is Ramen Bad For You?”

  1. Okay, here is a fact of life: when I was younger, I used to eat Ramen noodles, a lot, because we were poor. I also used to be able to walk to Anchorage (40-50 miles away from where I was, depending on where I started from), walk around in Anchorage, and then walk a good bit of the way back home again, in the same day.

    When I got older, I stopped eating Ramen, I developed serious thyroid problems, and, now, I cannot walk a mile, most of the time, without intense pain.

    I don’t say there were not other factors involved, but, I do say that the state of my health declined in proportion to my ramen noodle consumption, so, it could be, that, for some people, they are just what a body needs! Maybe I was getting enough iodine for a change!

    At any rate, I did not use the seasoning packets, or not the whole thing; and, I would do things like throw in some diced ham and some frozen mixed vegetables. Before I quit being able to eat cheese, I would also buy Velveeta and melt it in. It was a very tasty, cheap meal that kept our family going through some rough times.

  2. In response to Arletta, the sodium in the top ramen was beneficial to your body at the time because the body needs sodium in order to produce electrolytes.

  3. In response to Megan, sodium doesn’t produce electrolytes, it is an electrolyte as are calcium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and hydrogen carbonate or bicarb. The reason the noodles are “bad” for you is that they are precooked and fused with oil. They also have a lot of saturated fats or trans fats. There is, however, no denying they taste great! I’m a fan.

  4. Any vegans out there if you live by or close to a Winn Dixie the oriental and hot&spicy flavors are completely vegan with the sauce pack. Ramen errrr day

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