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However, because they contain few nutrients and high amounts of sodium and MSG, the health effects always spark some controversy.
Fun fact: Instant noodles are pre-cooked noodles that have been steamed and dried.
For context, recommended daily calorie intake for women is 2,000 calories and 2,500 for men.
It's also important to note that instant noodles are low in fibre and protein, which may not make them the best option when it comes to weight loss.
Fibre, on the other hand, moves slowly through the digestive tract, helping to promote feelings of fullness while enhancing weight loss.
While MSG is largely deemed as safe, its potential effects on health remain controversial.
MSG is also naturally found in products such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract, soy extract, tomatoes and cheese.
However, other studies have found no association between weight and MSG when people consume it in moderate amounts
There's a condition is known as the MSG symptom complex which can induce symptoms such as headaches, muscle tightness, numbness and tingling in certain people.
A single serving of instant noodles contains between 861 to 1,200mg of sodium. If you're eating two servings, that's between, 1,722 and 2,400mg.
For context, recommended daily sodium intake is less than 2,300 mg.
There is evidence showing that high sodium intake can have a negative effect over time because it could lead to high blood pressure or kidney disease.
In the end, it found that reducing sodium intake decreased the risk of a cardiovascular event by up to 30%.
In moderation, including instant noodles in your diet likely won't come with any negative health effects. Occasionally enjoying instant noodles is fine — as long as you're maintaining a healthy and well-rounded diet.
Just don't make them a regular feature in your diet.
Lastly, you don't have to use both seasonings when cooking two packs.