What am I actually eating when I eat Instant Noodles?

Maggi Noodles is one of the favorite snacks for many people. But, do you know that having Maggi on a regular basis is not good for your health?


All instant noodles are devoid of any nutrition. They contain high percentage of carbohydrates, and have poor fiber and protein content. Basically, it is nothing but empty calories – more than 402 calories per 100gm, which is way too high considering that people have maggi as snack, not as a meal.

Maggi is made from all-purpose refined flour (Maida). Maida is a processed food, essentially whole wheat stripped off all its fiber and nutrients. The noodles are then deep fried in trans fat. Regular consumption of trans fats can raise your cholesterol levels, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Even the so-called Atta Noodles or Oat Noodles are not a healthy option. They are mostly made from maida with a very small quantity of atta (whole wheat flour). Also, they contain more calories than the Maggi Masala Noodles.

Moreover, instant noodles also contain artificial colors, additives and preservatives which are not good for health. Most instant noodles contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) for the taste enhancing and preserving properties. Though dietary intake of MSG is allowed within a limit, regular intake can cause severe health issues.

The tastemaker that comes with your packet of instant noodles contains high amounts of sodium. The sodium content in one pack of Maggi is almost half the daily requirement. Excessive salt intake can lead to water retention in the body.

People who eat instant noodles two or more times a week have an increased risk of cardiometabolic syndrome, which makes them more likely to get diabetes, suggest researchers from the Baylor University Medical Center in the US. The study findings revealed that women who ate instant noodles twice a week or more had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome than those who ate less, or not at all, regardless of their diet.

So, you should avoid eating instant noodles. Let it be an occasional treat, while you actually aim to eat some wholesome and nutritious food.

Dr. Trupti Shirole

Ayurvedic Physician

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