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Instant Ramen: Food of the Gods, Enemy of the Healthy Diet

By Edited Dec 26, 2013 1 0

What is Ramen?  In this case, we are talking about instant ramen.  The kind that comes in a little plastic pouch.  The predecessor to cup noodles.  That salty oasis of food stuffs that could only have come out of a land known for cuisine that rivals the world of high art, Asia. 

As delicious as instant ramen noodles are, they are surprisingly accessible to the common man.  Being invented in 1958, they are noodles that have been precooked, usually through frying, and then formed into bricks the size of a Mac Mini.  Each pack usually come with a "flavor packet" that contains seasonings and spices which include unnaturally high amounts of sodium and msg to make your noodles taste like the picture on the package. 

At fifty cents a pack on the corner and six cents a pack in bulk, ramen has become a staple in the lazy food world easily.  It's cheaper than a taco at taco bell and more interesting to eat when you're at home.  Ramen is the greatest worst thing to ever happen to humanity.  It is delicious.  It is edible straight out of the package and can be prepared by even the laziest of college students after a two week Natty Ice bender.   In fact, instant ramen noodles have been so incredibly affordable since their inception, their sales have often been referred to as a good indication of an economy's health overall. 

If a preparer of instant ramen feels creative, real food can be added to the dish to make it extra appealing.  My specialty was throwing in leftovers that appear in the fridge.  Drop in a few chunks of cold meat, some chopped up fresh veggies,  or even a fried pork chop in there and let them heat up in the dissolved powder broth.  Voila!  You've got yourself an actual meal.  If there's nothing around  that you can dump into your bowl, a fried egg works too.   A meal isn't much of a meal without some protein in it, after all.

So what's not to like about this modern miracle in the arena of prefabricated food?  Some people complain that the high sodium content, the msg, and the oils used in the cooking process of the food could be detrimental to your health over time.  There's also the ridiculously high carbohydrate count per serving to think about for carb counting dieters and people who have recently acquired an affinity towards healthier diets.  Others suggest that the glues used to put the packets together could seep into the food and cause bad things to happen to a human body. 

I mean, if I were somebody's mom, I probably wouldn't let them eat this stuff either.  But since I'm only the mom of myself, I don't mind it one bit.  If the only thing keeping me from enjoying a nice hot steaming  bowl of instant noodles every day is my health, then my health is the one who made the poor decision of being such a weak sissy.  If you still haven't tried instant ramen, then I will  tell you that it is definitely something worth trying out. 

And by the way, don't follow the cooking instructions on the back of the package.  Everybody who is anybody would know that you're just supposed to dump the brick in a deep bowl and drown it in boiling water for 3 minutes before it's ready to eat.  If you're lazy enough, just eating it dry out of the plastic is acceptable also.  It's already cooked!  Stop being such a sissy.

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