Is Ramen Bad For You?

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 😉

Maruchan Ramen & Shellfish

Caveat: I know nothing about Maruchan’s manufacturing process or shellfish allergies and so take all comments here with a grain of salt.

Kimberly from Lincoln, Nebraska writes in:

I’m hoping you or one of your readers can help me. I bought a bunch of Maruchan Ramen yesterday, and noticed only after I got it home that there was a warning in the fine print that it is, and I quote, “manufactured in a facility that also processes shellfish and fish products.”

What I want to know is whether any of your readers with shellfish allergies have had a bad reaction to the Maruchan Ramen before. This is my first time buying this brand of ramen, but I am allergic to shellfish and thus, understandably, somewhat nervous about trying it now.

The thing is, most ramen makers seem to have a shrimp flavored variety, which would imply that the other brands are also produced in places that process shellfish and fish products. I have never had problems with other brands of ramen (as long as I avoid the shrimp flavored, obviously), suggesting that the Maruchan should be fine. On the other hand, they did feel it was important enough to include the warning on the package, and I have had a reaction to foods that were cooked in the same oil as shrimp, so maybe I should just stick with brands I have used before?

What do your readers say? Go for it and keep some Benadryl on hand just in case, or better safe than sorry?

Of Updates and Outages

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Why actually it was today!

I updated WordPress to 2.0.4 yesterday, and right in the middle of the update, we had a major site outage. My host, Dreamhost, who (or whom?) I usually love, is to blame. They took over 5 hours to respond to the outage and when they responded, they couldn’t bother to tell me why the outage occurred, nor did they apologize, instead they just asked me 3 or 4 times to “check our status page” (which I was already doing every 5 minutes). Anyway, that’s my rant for today, and if you were stuck at home looking at an empty pot and a packet of ramen and wondering what to do with it, blame them!!!