Are ramen noodles bad for your heart?
Consumption of instant ramen noodles may increase risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study.
Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed the health effects of eating healthy food, fast food and instant noodles on nearly 11,000 adults in South Korea between ages 19 and 64.
The researchers found that women who ate instant noodles two or more times per week had an elevated risk of metabolic syndrome—metabolic changes linked to various health conditions—when compared with those who ate less or no ramen. Men were found to have fewer negative metabolic changes.
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, provides more evidence of health problems linked to processed foods, such as instant noodles, which typically contain high amounts of sugar and salt. Experts recommend limiting the amount of processed food consumption or replacing them all together with fresh ingredients.