Ooooooh Ramen. We all remember glorious college days living off those 10 cent blocks of noodles. It was cheap, it was food, and it was delicious.
Now all we see in the media regarding instant noodles are negative things like this.
But let’s remember that there are no bad foods. We should not label or assign a moral value to foods, or the people eating certain foods.
Let’s just look objectively at the nutrition of Ramen. Here is a PDF of Top Ramen nutrition for your reference.
If you were not aware before, the Ingredients List on a nutrition label is listed in order of greatest to least by weight. Looking at the Top Ramen nutrition label, you can see that Ramen is mostly made from enriched flour, oil, and salt.
These three main ingredients-flour, oil, and salt- signal that Ramen probably is high in carbohydrates, fat, and sodium. The enriched flour means that the noodles are fortified with vitamins and minerals, which explains why you may see 10-15% iron per serving of noodles.
By the way, a “serving” of Ramen is only HALF the block. So remember if you are consuming one entire package, you are getting twice the amount of nutrients on the label.
Eating an entire block of Ramen noodles means you are getting 70-80% of you daily sodium needs (based on the average diet), and about 20-25% daily fat.
And that is ok! We need sodium to survive. We need fat to survive. We need carbohydrates. We need vitamins and minerals.
Food is nourishment for our bodies, and we should never feel guilty or ashamed of eating something. But we should make the best nutritional choices for our health, and to do so requires knowledge of the nutrient content of foods. We need nutrients, but don’t forget that over-, under-, and mal-nourishment are things too!
With knowledge, we can make choices to nourish our bodies in the best possible, balanced way. With positivity, we can see the benefits of ALL foods– even Ramen!
Now, how do you feel about instant noodles?