Do you eat instant noodles? If so, this is a must read!

United States
April 16, 2007 5:20pm CST
I just received this email from a friend on how to properly prepare instant noodles. I have not been using these methods at all but I think I'm going to start. It makes a lot of sense and I would encourage others to do the same. Correct way to prepare instant noodles without harming our bodies : Normally, we cook the noodles by putting it in a pot of boiling water and throwing in the powder and cooking for 3 minutes, right? This is the WRONG way!!! By doing so, we are boiling the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic. The other thing you may or may not know is that the noodles are coated with wax and it takes around 4 or 5 days for the body to excrete the wax after consuming it. So, the CORRECT method is this : 1. Boil noodles in pot of water. 2. Drain the noodles to remove the water that contains the wax. 3. Boil another pot of water, put the noodles in and turn off the fire. 4. Only at this stage when the fire is off and the water is still very hot, put the powder ingredients to make noodle soup. If you need dry noodles, remove the noodles and toss with the powder ingredients. I hope this piece of information is helpful to you.
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@meme005 (49)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Wow, I never knew that there was wax on the noodles. I will now cook my noodles differently. Thank you.
4 people like this
• United States
16 Apr 07
Me neither. Now I need to re-think how to do them. lol I'll have to give this method a try.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
i leaned something new today which is very useful. at least the next time we prepare spaghetti and all sort of noodles would be healthier and tasty. thanks for the information you shared with us.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Yes, I knew about the wax before this article. The wax is there to stop the noodles from sticking together.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Thanks, I never knew that about the noodles. My husband loves those things and they are cheap!! He makes them in alot of ways With all kind of added stuff. He tells me that he learned to doctor things up from his days attached with the Corp. He saw me reponding to this and told me to say; SEMPER FI, he was a Corpsman with the 8th MarDiv through the 70's and 80's. His company was 2/8 and he lost most of his grunt family in the barracks bombing. GOD BLESS THE MARINES
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• United States
17 Apr 07
Thanks! My husband eats A LOT of the noodles as well. I only eat them occasionally cos' of the carbs and all...you know, watching the weight. hehehe. My husband is a Forward Observer. He said he really likes Corpsmen and think a lot of times they don't get the appreciation they deserve.
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@r0131n (357)
16 Apr 07
When I was at university, I have a stock of noodles. It is the easiest thing to cook specially coming home from a night out. I normally put the noodles in a bowl and pour boiling water from a kettle onto it. Leave it for about 5 minutes while I make myself comfortable then its ready to eat. I guess I've been doing it the wrong way. With the amount of noodles I've eaten back then, I'm still in very good health. How come the instructions on the packets does not really tell you to cook it the "correct" way?
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• United States
17 Apr 07
Maybe cos' it's a lot more work doing it the "correct" way than the "wrong" way and they want to keep the image of being "instant" noodles and having a meal in 3 minutes kinda thing.
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@jchampany (1131)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Thanks for the info. I never really thought of this as the wrong way. I never put the powder in until the end anyway so I should be okay on that part. The water part though, sounds like too much work and I have survived so far. Thanks for the advice.
• United States
16 Apr 07
wow thanks thats very good to know i really didnt know that.i cook all the time and i usually do that so you learn something new everyday.
@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
16 Apr 07
This is very interesting to me. I totally make them wrong. I usually just cook the noodles in water in the microwave and then add the packet of seasoning. It is good to know the right way, but it seems like it will take a lot longer to make.
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@iris0718 (58)
• China
17 Apr 07
although i know the instant noodles harm our health,but i really like to eat it ,when i was a student in the college,i usually eat it nearly every day,now i 've seen this post,i will try to use this method.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
Almost everyday??! Wow! That's a lot.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
Wow. Thanks for the usable information that you've shared with us. I love instant noodles very much especially when there's nothing on the dining table. I don't know how to cook that's why i go for instant stuff when i'm alone although i know it's really unhealthy to do that.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
Anything instant.. is never good. :P Anything with MSG is not good. It destroys your body little by little. Although cooking it the right way.. might help.. but still the fact that it has preservatives, and msg... is not good. It is still not healthy to begin with.
• Philippines
17 Apr 07
Wow, thanks for this information. I eat noodles when I don't have enough time to prepare something else. Ewww! Imagine all those waxes inside my body! Thanks for this information, I'll try this... God Bless!
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I have never heard this information, thank you for sharing it. I rarely even use the water I boil the noodles in, as I like to just eat the noodles with only a taste of water to stir in the seasoning packet before I'm ready to eat. What interesting information. I'll have to pass that on to the people I know.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
very informative you are. Personally I eat instant noodleas a lot. but with your information I will be doing your advise. Thanks a lot, I think you added about 3 years of life. Thank you so much.
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I gave up all packaged foods. If it has MSG in the ingredients then I won't put it in my body. I recently went onto a vegetarian diet and I make my own bread. I did this because I was diagnosed as diabetic. I have other problems that can be deleated by giving up processed foods. I use a drink mix of Barley and Alfalfa juice in distilled water or I mix it with juice. I have started losing the weight and I feel so much better. I am finding that I have to clean out my cabinets of all the things I used to eat and drink and I really don't miss them. It is a diet that I can live with and I know what is going into my body.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Wow! I really admire you for that. It must be difficult to make that transition.
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@abroji (3247)
• India
17 Apr 07
Any half cooked food is injurious to health. But in todays fast moving life people are constrained to go for quick bites and fast food. Instant noodles is the one item well appreciated as an emergency meal in almost all parts of the world. The taste maker provided with the noodles contains some harmful ingrediants like ajino moto. In place of it we can add our own taste making ingrediants. Though I had a presumption about the harms of this meal for the sake of convenience I use to take this food now and then. Now Married2aMarine has given some excellant tips to minimise the harms of instant noodles. Thank you for sharing.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Yea, I also only eat them occasionally. When I do though, I don't use the packet ingredients at all. I just make my own using sesame seed oil, soy sauce and a little pepper. And I just toss that with the noodles.
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• Netherlands
9 Jun 07
Although you have posted this discussion quite sometie ago, I'm glad that I still be able to read it. I was quite shock for a moment because then all these times I prepared my instant noodle wrong. My families loves it alot especially when we go out for swimming or short time we always have them in storage. I think I must change the way I prepare our instant noodle. Those wax really scarry....brrr... Once again, thank you for sharing this information !!!
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• Singapore
1 Jun 07
Hey! I just heard about it, and i stumbled here with the explanation! Thanx babe!!!! I will cook the noodle the rite way now!
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@steney (1418)
• Philippines
25 May 07
Noodles are very convenient to prepare and very affordable too. The thing is, they are loaded with preservatives, MSG and other artificial flavor enhancers, that are not really good for our health that's why I just take them in moderation. Thanks for sharing this information with everybody. I have received an email about this before and it's been making the rounds on the internet. It's good to know that we can still enjoy noodles sans the harmful wax. I just hope the manufacturers can make a product where they can take away most of the harmful chemicals like MSG so we can enjoy it guilt-free. :)
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
22 May 07
Wow, I never realized that before. Thanks for the information, I will definitely have to keep this in mind the next time I make any instant noodles. :)
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22 May 07
I will definitely try this out.... thanks for the info.
@kaka135 (14149)
• Malaysia
21 May 07
Hi Married2aMarine, I always thought it tastes better if we cook the soup with the powder first, then only throw the noodles inside the pot. Although eating instant noodles is not healthy, it's better to pratise it in a healthier way. Thanks for your information. I'll try to do that next time. ^_^