Sure, every college kid eats them, but does anyone really know that much about them, other then they’re one of the cheapest foods to buy when meal plans are low?
The concept of instant Ramen noodles was invented in Japan around 1958, though the term “Ramen” has Chinese roots pertaining to ‘noodles in broth.’
Evolution of Ramen Noodles, such as its convenient microwavable cup has been a recent adaptation, one making it easier for today’s “on-the-go” mentality.
The multiple flavors Ramen has to offer (such as beef, chicken, shrimp, lime shrimp and lime chili shrimp) are cultural touchstones, adding hints of local flavor to this American-made, American-sold food. Ramen Noodles are most recognizable for their satisfying taste, their convenience and, perhaps more so, their low price.
Ramen is by far one of the cheapest foods of our time. At their ‘going rate’ of ten for a dollar (at least in Jersey), one could hypothetically feed off of them – everyday – for both lunch and dinner, for a mere average of 20 cents a day! That is only $73 a year, plus the cost of a microwave, water, plastic spoon and, well, you get the picture – it’s cheap.
According to BBC, a study in 2008 showed that around 94 billion servings of instant noodles are consumed, worldwide, every year. To put that astronomical number into perspective, it would take the eight million people who make up New York City, four years to finish those 94 billion servings (if they ate Ramen Noodles three meals a day, each day for all four years)
Hello hypernatremia! Wait, what’s hypernatraemia? It’s dehydration caused by Ramen, er, I mean, an elevated sodium level in the blood. Basically, way too much salt.
The average American should consume around 2,300-2,400mg of salt a day. Ramen clocks in at a whopping 830mg per serving, consisting of 35 percent pure salt.
Moral of the story: Ramen Noodles are okay every now-and-then for lazy days when it’s too cold to meander up to the dining hall. However, if you don’t want your own story to end sooner than it should, moderate your noodles. Don’t give your friends an excuse to call you “salty.”
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