Can I Eat Instant Noodles While Trying To Lose Weight?

Instant noodle is one of the most popular comfort food the world over! Busy bees who have no time to prepare elaborate breakfast in the morning, students living in hostels, bachelors living on their own and on a tight budget, people working in 10-hour shifts, night owls, and just about everyone turns to instant noodles to make their lives easier. Instant noodles often get packed into tiffins of fussy eaters by moms who are pressed for time. The biggest catch with instant noodles is that you just need hot water and 2 minutes to conjure up a flavourful meal. Also, it’s a quick snack that you can have anytime during the day. It also helps that it is cheap, you can get a packet for just 10 rupees, and it’s easily available everywhere too. Though they have received a rap in recent years for being made entirely from refined flour, food companies have sort of tried to add some “healthy” factor by making them in atta and oat variants now. Instant noodles are so popular are in India that you can find hundreds of street-side stalls selling them in different variations – cheesy and spicy, egg tadka, and even noodles chaat, all at affordable rates. It would take a lot of will power to say “no” to a piping hot bowl of noodles. But still, there is a lot of controversy surrounding instant noodles and people who are on a diet want to know whether it’s okay to have instant noodles when they are trying to lose weight. So, let’s find out:

Can I Eat Instant Noodles While Trying To Lose Weight

Why Instant Noodles are Not Okay While Trying to Lose Weight?

1. Devoid of nutrients, high on empty calories, if it’s a staple in your diet, they need to be tossed out of your pantry right now. Also read: “10 Weight Loss Foods in Every Indian Kitchen.”

2. Even the oats noodles is made from a high percentage of refined wheat flour (maida). Even though the food companies would highlight a “healthy” ingredient such as atta or oats, do go through the complete ingredients list at the back to eliminate the possibility of maida and sugar.

3. No protein , fiber or other nutrients. Though instant noodles satisfy cravings and hunger instantly, they are not a proper meal, and will leave you hungry soon after. This is because they get digested pretty quickly due to lack of filling nutrients like fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Also read: “30 Foods from the Supermarket that are Terrible for Weight Loss.”

4. Unhealthy Ingredients: A leading instant noodle brand was banned a few years ago because lead content was detected upon testing in its samples a few years ago. To appeal to the consumers tastebuds, companies may also add MSG (monosodium glutamate) which has been found to create hormonal imbalances and other health issues. Also, the sodium content in these fast food items is quite high, increasing the risk to develop high blood pressure. Instant noodles extensively use palm oil, which is high in saturated fat and has been linked to heart disease. Of course, there’s artificial flavour and color added too. The tastemaker powder that comes along also has refined flour and added flavour and artificial color as well.

As mentioned above, you cannot make instant noodles a staple in your diet, it’s neither good while on a diet nor for overall health. You can have them as cheat meals, add loads of veggies, eggs, etc. while doing so. Summing up, instant noodles can be comfort food for many, but it’s not good for weight loss at all. Most importantly, if weight loss is on your mind, subscribe to the diet plans on Rati Beauty to achieve your weight loss goals.

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