Instant Noodle Myths Debunked by Consumer Council

Instant Noodle Myths Debunked by Consumer Council, warns diabetics on portion control.

Instant noodles, commonly known as ‘doll noodles,’ offer not just convenience but also satiety, making them a popular choice for quick meals or late-night snacks. Qiu Qing, the chairman of the Hong Kong Dietitians Association and a registered dietitian, was invited by the Consumer Council to provide a detailed analysis. Additionally, the Consumer Council shared five tips for healthier ways to consume instant noodles.

Could Instant Noodles Cause Cancer?

Is it true that eating instant noodles might lead to cancer? According to Qiu Qing, the chairman of the Hong Kong Nutritionists Association and a dietitian, there’s no scientific proof for that. But, he warns that instant noodles are often high in sodium, total fat, and saturated fat, especially the fried ones. Consuming them regularly might cause health issues. Some noodles may also have contaminants like 3-MCPD and GE, which can be harmful if taken excessively. To stay healthy, it’s advised to have a balanced diet, control portion sizes, limit instant noodle intake, and reduce sodium, fat, and contaminants.

Can instant noodles be eaten regularly?

Is it okay to eat instant noodles regularly? Qiu Qing advises against it. Instant noodles, especially fried ones, contain high levels of saturated and trans fats, along with sodium. Accompanying processed meats like luncheon meat and sausages are not ideal for nutritional content. Regular consumption is not recommended for those trying to control weight, manage chronic diseases, or those already suffering from conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, or kidney issues. People with diabetes should be mindful of carb content in Hong Kong instant noodles, ranging from 30 to 70 grams per package. For those with acid reflux (GERD), late-night consumption should be avoided due to the high fat and various additives in instant noodles, which might trigger acid reflux.

Diabetes and Instant Noodles
Diabetes and Instant Noodles

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Can instant noodle soup powder and sauce be added to boiling water?

Is it safe to add instant noodle soup powder and sauce to boiling water? Qiu Qing states that heating instant noodles to more than 100°C for a short time is generally not known to produce harmful substances.

Learn more about the healthier way to eat instant noodles

To promote healthier instant noodle eating habits, the Consumer Council suggests considering the following:

  • Reduce sodium by using fewer condiments and avoiding soup; consider not adding all condiments to noodle dishes.
  • Pay attention to accompanying foods; choose fresh and nutritious options like vegetables, eggs, chicken, or seafood instead of processed meats high in fat and sodium.
  • After cooking, change the hot water to reduce fat and sodium released during the cooking process.
  • People needing weight control or with chronic diseases should avoid regular instant noodle consumption, especially those with acid reflux or diabetes, who should also avoid late-night consumption.
  • Opt for healthier non-fried noodle options like rice noodles, vermicelli, macaroni, and buckwheat noodles. Diversify your daily diet with fresh, nutritious foods for balanced nutrition.

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