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This is What Will Happen Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles

This is What Will Happen Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles

Instant Ramen noodles are cheap, quick, and easy to make. What you don’t know is that they are also potentially harmful to your digestive health.

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    In a first-of-its-kind experiment, however, Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital wanted to find out what happens to food in the stomach and digestive tract after eating Instant Ramen noodles. He was the first to conduct an experiment like this.
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      Using a pill sized camera, Dr. Kuo takes us inside a stomach and digestive tract to show what happens after you eat ramen noodles, the most common type of instant noodles. The results showed that even after two hours, the noodles are intact.
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        Ramen noodles were compared to fresh noodles for the purpose of this study. Here you can see the digestion was much different.
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          For comparison, the study volunteers also ate fresh, homemade ramen noodles on a different day.

          “The most striking thing about our experiment when you looked at a time interval, say in one or two hours, we noticed a processed ramen noodles were less broken down that homemade ramen noodles,” noted Dr. Kuo.

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          After two hours, fresh noodles were almost completely digested, the stomach broke down the noodles as it should. Looking at the instant ramen noodles after two hours showed that they were much less broken down, and almost fully intact. Dr. Kuo recorded 32 hours from the pill camera. “What we’re seeing here is a stomach contracting back and forth as it’s trying to grind up the ramen noodles,” Dr. Kuo said of his experiment.

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            When the instant noodles don’t break down, nutrient absorption is affected. This allows preservatives to linger in the stomach for a longer period of time.

            The main preservative in Ramen Instant Noodles is Terriary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ). TBHQ is an additive commonly used in cheap processed foods, such as microwave popcorn, wheat thins, and poptarts. The FDA says that TBHQ must not exceed 0.02 percent of its oil and fat content. Small amounts of TBHQ may not kill you or make you feel sick right away, but could potentially have a long term effect on your health such as weakening of organs, and the onset of cancers and tumors.

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            Unfortunately, Dr. Kuo’s study was too small to be conclusive yet, but millions of people are drawing their own conclusion. Processed foods still need to be investigated further, and more research is needed to determine the exact effect on our long term health. It’s best to try to avoid processed foods, as they’re not only harsh on your stomach, but also negatively affect other internal organs.

            What’s actually in Ramen noodles?

            • Propylene Glycol: a liquid alcohol used to preserve the texture of instant ramen. It’s also used in some tobacco products and… Antifreeze.
            • Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ): As noted above, TBHQ is a preservative for the main ingredients in ramen noodles (wheat, flour, salt, and vegetable oil). It’s also found in perfumes, resins, lacquers, and biodiesel.
            • Monosodium glutamate (MSG): A sodium salt of glutamic acid that adds a savory taste to foods. It can cause side effects such as nausea, headache, flushing, sweating, and heart palpitations.
            • Sodium: One package of instant ramen has 1,875 milligrams of sodium, significantly more than the recommended daily intake of 1500 milligrams!
            • Vegetable Oil: Instant ramen can have canola, cottonseed, or palm oil. While canola and cottonseed oils are unsaturated, palm oil is very high in saturated fat.
            • BPA: Many types of instant ramen noodles come in Styrofoam cups that contain BPA, and endocrine disruptor. That BPA can leech off o the cup and into the noodles.
            • Corn Syrup: Corn syrup is a sweetener, but it’s added t instant ramen to preserve the texture of the noodles. It’s essentially like adding sugar.

            Inside stomach Ramen Noodle Digestion

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                Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                2. Find What Inspires You

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                Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                3. Give Yourself a Break

                When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                4. Shake up Your Routines

                Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                5. Start with a Small Step

                Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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                Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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