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sodium.
tertiary-butyl hydroquinone.
lacking in nutrients.
correlation between ramen and acute health problems.

These are just a few of the main reason why one should be cautious of the amount of Instant Ramen consumed. Instant Ramen is known to be lacking of key nutrients necessary for a healthy diet.

The amount of sodium in the ramen broth differs based on the brands and flavors but there is not a single choice that offers a healthy amount of sodium reasonable for a human intake on a semi-regular basis.

Tertiary-Butyl Hydroquinone is a byproduct of the petroleum industry and food additive which is frequently used to preserve cheap processed foods. A gastrointestinal specialist conducted an experiment with a time lapse video inside the stomach to what would happen after two hours of digesting ramen noodles and the results were staggering.

Read about the study here.

So can ramen be healthy?

tertiary-butyl hydroquinone
tertiary-butyl hydroquinone

“Although instant noodle is a convenient and delicious food, there could be an increased risk for metabolic syndrome given [the food’s] high sodium, unhealthy saturated fat and glycemic loads."

Hyun Shin, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston

yes, healthy ramen isn’t only possible, it’s easy to make.

Ramen noodles are most healthy when combined with other ingredients to create a nutritious meal. Ramen is great to use as a base for a variety of healthy dishes and it is easy to prepare quickly. There is no end to the different types of ingredient combinations that can be used to make ramen noodles a part of a health-conscious diet.

Start making ramen noodles healthy with these easy steps:

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1. Choose Less Sodium Flavor or Make Your Own Base


Begin with a Less Sodium Flavor to start your healthy ramen noodle meal off with the right base, or make your own!

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2. Add Some Vegetables


Toss a few of your favorite vegetables into your bowl of ramen. This will contribute to a hearty flavor and add nutrients to the meal. Carrots, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower and peppers will not only give you great taste, they give you a nice serving of vitamins, minerals and fiber in every bite. Try experimenting with different combinations of vegetables with different ramen flavors to find the mixture that you like best.

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3. Don't Forget the Protein


Balance out your meal by adding some protein to your ramen. The easiest place to start is by selecting the same meat as the ramen flavor. Ramen bowls always go great with fresh chicken, lean beef, fish or pork for the protein your body needs. Or try out a meatless protein like tofu!