What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Ramen Noodles

A recent study discovered that instant noodles can cause diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease, especially in women. Once you read this article and see what happens to instant noodles inside your belly, you may rethink before consuming it again.

In order to follow the digestive process and observe what happens in the stomach once the person intakes instant noodles, scientists put a little, pill-sized camera inside the person’s stomach. The results were devastating for all instant noodle lovers. They showed that it was difficult for the body to break those noodles down even after 2 hours which is very unusual. On the other hand, those participants who ate homemade noodles, the results showed that they digested much quicker, so after 2 hours was hardly anything left to see in the stomach.

What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Ramen Noodles

This study was the firts experiments of this kind and it was conducted by Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General hospital. However, Dr. Kuo points out that this does not necessarily means that noodles are harmful for your helath, since the sample was too small and further research is needed in order to establish the effects the slow digestive process has on the gastro-intestinal tract and your body as a whole. Moreover, Dr. Kuo himself contiunes eating these noodles but he does it in moderation.

However, others are more cautious about eating instant noodles, because they put a strain on the digestive tract by staying for so long, and the digestive tract needs to work continuously.  Also, instant ramen contains numerous different additives and preservatives, which is bad for the digestive tract to remain for so long inside the organism. It’s not sure what the long exposure does to the body, but it’s probably not that beneficial to your health.

There is a preservative that has been a source of many discussions which can be found in instant noodles and many other foods and it is called tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ). It is used to extend the shelf life of oily and fatty foods. As a result of this, it can be found in fast foods, including McDonald’s chicken nuggets. Further more, it is used in cosmetics, perfumes and varnishes. TBHQ is highly toxic in bigger doses, but has been allowed in the food industry in small doses. The FDA has set the limit of up to 0.02% of the total oils in food to be TBHQ. Consummation of 1 gram of TBHQ would cause an adverse reaction, and 5 grams could be lethal. Since nobody is really sure what is the safe limit to consume of this preservative, it is not a good idea to have THBQ lingering in your gut.

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