Indomie is a brand of instant noodle by Indofood, the largest instant noodle manufacturer in Indonesia, with a market share of 72%. What Happens to Your Body After Eating Indomie Instant Noodles..?
Since 1995 Indomie has been produced in Nigeria where it is a popular brand and has the largest instant noodle manufacturing plant in Africa.
The name “Indo” stands for “Indonesia” and “mie” stands for “noodles” in the Indonesian language, therefore “Indomie” stands for “noodles from Indonesia or Indonesian noodle”. Both Indomie and IndoMie can be used to describe the brand.
We have received series of question on the health implication and benefits of consuming Indomie.
The nutritional value but the answer covers all brands of Noodle sold in the country as well.
Therefore i will answer the question here:
These answers will be based on research and findings from the country of origin – Indonesia and Nigeria.
In Nigeria Indomie control 70% of the Noodle market in the country and approximately 50million Nigerians eat noodle monthly.
Instant noodle is a highly processed food that lacks nutritive value. It is a junk food. Every single serving of instant noodle is high in carbohydrates, sodium and other food additives.
But low on essential elements such as fibre, vitamins and minerals necessary for growth and development.
According to the Codex Standards (FAO standards) for instant noodles, acid regulators, flavour enhancers, thickeners, humectants, colours, stabilizers, anti-oxidants, emulsifiers, flour treatment agents, preservatives and anti-caking agents are allowed to use in the making of instant noodles.
- Sodium- Indomie Noodle has sodium as an additive:
The use of sodium additives is the main reason why instant noodles are high in sodium. High-sodium foods can cause hypertension, heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and other health problems.
- WAX– Instant noodles are coated with wax to prevent the noodles from sticking together. This can be seen when hot water is added to the noodles. After some time the wax can be seen floating in the water.
What Happens to Your Body After Eating Indomie Instant Noodles
One of the major concerns with instant noodle is that it can produce oxidised fat and oil if it is not managed properly during the manufacturing process.
- Propylene Glycol- The Codex Standards also allow the use of 10,000 mg/kg of the chemical propylene glycol, an anti-freeze ingredient as humectants (help to retain moisture to prevent noodles from drying) in instant noodles.
Propylene glycol is readily absorbed and it accumulates in the heart, liver and kidneys causing abnormalities and damage. The chemical is also capable of weakening the immune system.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)- Instant noodles and the flavouring soup base also contain high amounts of monosodium glutamate (MSG).
It is a flavour enhancer used by instant noodle makers to make their chicken flavours ”pepper chicken” and onion flavours “onion chicken”.
MSG can trigger an allergic reaction in 1 to 2 % of the population. Individuals who are allergic to MSG can get burning sensations, chest and facial flushing or pain and headaches from it.
In view of its unhealthy nature, every consumer should apply moderation when consuming Indomie or any instant noodle sold in the country.
NAFDAC and its affiliate body should create more awareness on the risk of consuming Noodles which is a popular food among Nigerians.
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