Instant noodles are a popular food option among our population and is cleverly marketed as a health food so it does not bring on a feeling of guilt but rather people think it is better than junk food.
We at foodnetindia urge our readers to carefully read the nutrition label on food packs.
Instant noodles brands may claim they don’t contain MSG but certainly have other flavour enhancers like disodium inosinate (E 631), disodium guanylate (E 627), MSG and other flavour enhancers are highly addictive and once hooked to them, our taste buds crave for more.
When children eat more of the foods containing MSG and flavour enhancers, they start rejecting home cooked food as it tastes bland by comparison, this results in obesity among kids.
Instant noodles are as processed foods and are produced worldwide under different brands.
Along with E 621, also to be avoided is E 627, which is banned in many countries and is not permitted in infant foods and food for young children. E 627 may trigger gout in adults, hyperactivity and asthma in children. Gout is a kind of arthritis or inflammation of joints. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint.
Another common additive citric acid (IN 330) is safe is small amounts but excessive consumption from processed foods can cause dark stools and weakened hair roots. It is not advisable to give citric acid to infants and very small children.
Instant noodles are a not a substitute for a healthy balanced meal. Instead, we recommend simple pasta or noodles cooked at home and add spices you normally use at home and increase its nutritional value by adding fresh vegetables and protein in the form of meat, chicken, eggs or paneer. This process of cooking noodles or pasta at home may take 20 minutes or more but by doing so you are avoiding all the toxic and allergic substances in the instant noodles.