Ramen Noodles May Be A Convenient Meal, But At What Cost?

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Sure, sticking a package of Ramen noodles in the microwave is an easy solution for dinner. But a new study may make you think twice before consuming those cup-of-noodles so frequently. According to recent research, eating instant noodles two or more times a week is bad for your health.

The study found frequent noodle consumption is associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, which can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes. It also increases the chances of having a stroke.

An important takeaway from this study is that we shouldn't sacrifice nutrition for convenience. It may be way easier to just add water and stick noodles in the microwave, but the effects are definitely not worth it. (That doesn't mean it's not okay for an occasional snack though!)

The main reason these noodles aren't the healthiest is because of their high sodium count. One package of beef flavored Ramen noodle soup has 861 mg of sodium — that's 36 percent of the daily limit.

Before you panic about your go-to snack food being dangerous to your health, there are plenty of healthy options you can cook up in your own kitchen! For inspiration, check out the story about these Teen Battle Chef participants from Brooklyn. Teens are capable of whipping up a nutritious meal! It may take a little longer than 3 minutes, but the benefits are worth it.

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