Instant Noodles Myths Debunked

When I think about instant noodles, some scenes pop into my head immediately: my son’s face which lights up on hearing the word Maggi, midnight snacking with roommates during hostel days and the sight of Maggi Points en-route our journey in the hills.

At our home, Maggi noodles are our go-to meal to curb those in-between meals hunger pangs or when we want to cook something simple, easy and quick.

For us, Maggi noodles is a comfort food but usually our family and friends frown upon this ingenious convenient food. They say that it’s unhealthy or that it is low on nutritive content.

I think it’s time to debunk these myths and speculations about instant noodles…

Myth 1 – Instant Noodles are Unhealthy.

Fact – The thing is that most of us cannot think in shades of grey. For us, it has to be black or white, strong or weak, good or bad, healthy or unhealthy.

clip_image001 Actually, there is really no such thing as an unhealthy food, it is just unhealthy diets. If I were eating only instant noodles as every meal and every day, that would have been unhealthy. When I am eating the right amount for my body and getting plenty of nutrients by not limiting or avoiding food groups, I am having a healthy balanced diet. There is not a single food that can be labeled as healthy or unhealthy when consumed moderately.

A balanced diet and an active lifestyle is what really makes the difference.

Myth 2 – Instant Noodles have High Content of Fat and can cause Obesity.

Fact – It is recommended that in a day, 50-60% of total calories consumed must be from Carbohydrates, about 10-15% from Proteins and 20-30% from Fat.

It is interesting to note that Maggi Noodles has this in this very combination which is also in sync with the recommendations made by Indian Council of Medical Research. This combination of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat is seen in all variants of Maggi Noodles including the recently launched Maggi Oats Noodles.

I read that:

“According to ICMR recommendation on Dietary Guidelines for Indians, the total Fat in the diet should provide between 20-30% of total calories. Depending on the level of physical activity and physiological status, the Fat intake in the diets can go up to 50g per person per day.”

The Nutrition Information on the pack of Maggi Noodles shows the Fat content to be between 11-13 gms which is well within the recommended guidelines. This means Maggi Noodles contains just 1/5th of the daily fat requirement. It is much when compared to food you eat without thinking like a sandwich or pulao.

Coming to Noodles causing obesity. Well, obesity occurs due to excessive amount of Fat stored in the body and usually occurs due to inadequate physical activity, hormonal imbalance and unhealthy eating habits.

Myth 3 – Maggi is Fried.

Fact – To answer this, we need to understand the cooking process of Maggi Noodles. A Maggi Noodle cake goes through 5 step cooking process before it is finally packed which includes steaming, baking, frying, cooling and drying

So yes, it is fried, but that’s part of its manufacturing process for packaging and a longer shelf life.

The Bottom Line

It’s OK to have Instant Noodles for those in-between meals hunger pangs or camping trips or just like that, but do it in moderation. Hope this sets the tangle of instant noodles, straight.

So, when are you grabbing your next bowl of Maggi Noodles?

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31 thoughts on “Instant Noodles Myths Debunked

    • Aha!! Glad that you are a Maggi lover too, Lata. This puts all that hullabaloo around the instant noodles to an end. Now we can enjoy that bowl of Maggi without any guilt or fear!! 🙂

  1. Even when it was banned, I was waiting for it to hit the shelves again! It’s comfort food, plain and simple. For die hard fans like me, I don’t care what scientific evidence they dig up. As long as I maintain a decent healthy lifestyle and slip this in from time to time I’m good. They even say milk is bad. But hey you need a mix of all!

    • Same here. We were waiting for it to come back so keenly. Glad that it is back. It is our bestest comfort food!! And that it is a perfect balanced meal with Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats in the right proportion is a bonus.

    • Yes, they are similar to Ramen Noodles. I have read that Ramen Noodles contain 1,820 mg of sodium. The FDA recommends the average American consumes no more than 2,300 mg of salt per day. A package of Top Ramen’s Noodles contains more than half of this. So if salt intake is a concern, which should be, then you did right by chucking away the broth packet!

  2. I like having Maggi once in a while, but being the fitness freak that I am, I try and reach for something “healthier”! hehehe
    But, now after reading your post, I am not going to feel any more guilty! So, thanx, Shilp! <3 Will prepare some instant noodles soon!

  3. Are they anything like instant Ramen noodles? The “unhealthy” there is 200-400 calories, lacking vitamins/minerals, and containing a shockingly high sodium content.
    (Yum! What’s life without excessive salt?? Seriously. Yum. Thank God my heart’s still beating).

  4. Oh I love my maggi and make it with loads of tossed up crunchy veggies and a dash of cheese to it! I make it slightly soupy and it becomes a full meal for one of those days when I am craving something other than daal chawal!
    Nicely written Shilpa- takes the edge of my guilty pangs over eating it! 😉 😛

  5. An informative post. Being a mom of two kids, I fret over health quotient of instant noodles, and give it to them only once or twice a week. But was I relieved to read this! And I must admit, I prefer ” Foodles” over ” Maggi”.

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