Instant noodles are a kind of food launched later than the traditional foods such as
rice noodles, vermicelli but it quickly dominated the market.
Instant noodles – convenient but not benefit
Instant noodles are made mainly from wheat flour or cassava flour which is source of
energy primarily from carbohydrate and fat, with very little protein and
Therefore if you just eat instant noodles without additional protein and fiber, it will cause
the imbalanced diet, if eat regularly and constantly, the body will be lack essential
nutrients, influence the immune system, blood vessels causing Vitamin and Mineral
Shortages. In instant noodles there are much saturated fat (saturated fatty acids, hard to
digest), carbohydrates (starch) and very low in fiber.
During processing, instant noodles are fried in oil at high temperatures so oil is
susceptible to oxidation and have the ability to form “Trans fat” more. “Trans fat” will
increase the level of bad cholesterol in the blood, leading to an increased risk of
cardiovascular disease, causing congestion and stroke risk.
Additionally, in instant noodle package, there are flavoring powder packet and seasoning
oil packet which make instant noodles more attractive, additives and flavors have the
effect of creating appetite, mislead feeling of eaters but not good for people suffering
from cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure.
Eating instant noodles should add plenty of green vegetables
Since 2007, on mass media, we mentioned the “trans fat “problem, but Vietnamese
consumers may not know or too easygoing so they have continued to use. Meanwhile,
authorities did not make regulations referred to trans fatty acids be listed in nutrition
However, manufacturers must also be pioneers in issue of ensuring public health and
commit that their product is Trans-Fat-Free Food and study to add more fiber.
While waiting for the regulations referred to “Trans fat” on food products in Vietnam,
nutrition experts recommend that consumers need to protect themselves by choosing to
buy the products of the reputable manufacturers, especially the establishments has
applied qualified food safety management systems.
Depending on preference as well as the health of consumers, consumers can choose
appropriate way. In my point of view, for a few years now I do not use this product for
Those suffer from dyslipidemia, hypertension, overweight, obesity and diabetes should
limit the use of this product. Do not use instant noodles for main meals, as instant noodles
only provide calorie without vitamins and protein for the body. To ensure the safety for
the health when eating noodles we should add vegetables and other types of protein from
meat, eggs to offset the amount of vitamin and protein shortages in instant noodles.
Dr Jon (Nutrition Education Center)