Living Only on Ramen

By now you may have heard of the UK girl who has eaten nothing but ramen for the past 13 years. She is surprisingly still alive. Anyway, DrGullo.com contacted me to get my thoughts. They didn’t print what all I said about it, so I’ll share the full quote from me below. First the story:

A recent news story came out about an 18-year-old from the U.K. who eats the same thing every day – and nothing else. Georgi Readman is totally hooked on Ramen noodles. The 98-lb. girl has been eating them daily for 13 years and “hate(s) the texture of fruit and vegetables.” Unsurprisingly, doctors have condemned extreme diets like this one, stating that she likely “has the health of an 80-year-old” and may suffer from osteoporosis, kidney damage, hypertension, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and of course, malnourishment.

The article continues:

Not all diets are as extreme as Readman’s, and most people who eat Ramen now and then wouldn’t dream of living exclusively on it. Matt Fischer, for example, is a Ramen critic and expert who told us, “If that was all you were going to eat, you’d really need to enhance it with extra ingredients.” Matt went on to recommend Ramen stir fries, salads, and even egg drop soup.

Now what I continued to say was “You can also make it bit healthier by using less of the flavor packet which is where all the sodium is. Personally, I could never do it, I like variety too much, even with a versatile ingredient like ramen.” I did not go into the health impacts, and I am not a doctor, but there is not a single thing on earth, besides water, that you should eat that much of.

I’m curious, what’s the longest you guys have gone eating only ramen? For me it’s probably only a day.

April Madness: Ramen New Flavor Battles

Yesterday I received two emails from different people with new flavor suggestions. I happen to like both ideas and so to celebrate the end of March Madness here in the US and to celebrate the fact that I’m a month behind in thinking about this, I’m starting a new flavor battle. Each round will feature 2 flavors. The winner will advance. I plan on running this all summer, so send in more ideas if you have them.

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Ramen Party

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Ramen Party is a cartoon collection of characters based on the ingredients in a bowl of ramen. This is a small teaser video for a planned series of videos that will introduce young kids to “hip trends”. It’s basically a teaser video for ramen based educational websites and games for kids. The site, indiegogo, is a crowd-funding site, similar to kickstarter, where the creators of the concept accept donations so that they can pursue the concept further. Early funders of this concept get some pretty cool schwag, like trading cards, a tote bag, and even your very own character.

Rather than me rambling on, I highly recommend you just go check it out, the video is cool and so is the concept. A blurb from the site:

Ramen Party is a collection of characters that introduces preschool children (and their parents) to hip trends in culture, music and food.

We’ve created six characters based on ingredients found in traditional Japanese ramen. Each of them have a distinct musical theme that matches their quirky personaliities, and when you mix them together, you create a catchy tune! Let us introduce them to you…

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Some of the plush ramen characters