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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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                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

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                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

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                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

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