Due to our fast-paced lives, many people have either skipped meals or just grab a bite from fast food restaurants. We all know how much calories we consume in one McDonald’s Cheeseburger (my favorite, by the way) is about 300 calories. For one McDonald’s Quarter Pounder, there is about 417 calories, 43% fat. Imagine how much we eat these sandwiches in a week. We think that we are being sustained with nutrition but no. The fat found on these sandwiches can do more harm than good. So, what is the other kind of food that most College students would be eating for the sake of saving money and/or trying to save time? INSTANT NOODLES!
I have to admit that I also eat instant noodles sometimes, too, especially the spicy ones from Korea. But when I came across this video, I have second thoughts of ever wanting eat a serving of the usual instant noodles that I buy. It has been found out that the instant noodles are so hard to digest. There was a capsule with a camera that was inserted to a test human to know exactly how the instant noodles “behave” in our stomach. Compared to the fresh cooked meals, even after 24 hours, the instant noodles still look pretty much the same. What seems to be alarming with this scenario? It is the prolonged exposure of the stomach to the toxic preservatives that the noodles has, specifically tertiary-butyl hydroquinone. It was also reported that women are most likely to acquire metabolic disorders due to the large consumption of these instant noodles.
***Metabolic syndrome , as described by WIKIPEDIA, is a disorder of energy utilization and storage, diagnosed by a co-occurrence of three out of five of the following medical conditions: abdominal (central) obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides, and low high-density cholesterol (HDL) levels. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure, and diabetes. Some studies have shown the prevalence in the USA to be an estimated 34% of the adult population, and the prevalence increases with age.
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