Solving the mysteries of instant noodles.
Brooks warns that those suffering from high blood pressure, taking diuretics
or certain antidepressant medications (MAO inhibitors), or suffering from
congestive heart failure should avoid the high sodium and MSG content supplied
by instant noodles.
Of course, most of the young adults who have propelled these low-cost
rations to best-selling snack status are free of circulatory problems and
blissfully oblivious of the bodily harm they're causing. Luckily, most of them
outgrow the product after either learning how to cook real food or earning
enough money to move on to healthier fare.
"I haven't eaten Top Ramen in months," said Chris Bank, 24, a newly
graduated software designer in San Francisco. "I used to live off that
stuff, but I haven't thought to buy it recently. I think I might scrounge up
some change and pick up a case."
After stocking up, Bank might consider searching for "instant
noodles" the next time he's on the Internet. The Web offers sites devoted
to clever recipes using instant noodles. Some of the more interesting include
ramen pancakes, ramen chili, and cream cheese ramen. And many of the recipes
don't incorporate the sodium-laden flavor packs.
Now that you know the facts about instant noodles, perhaps it's time to
start worrying about that other staple food of your youth: macaroni and