That quick fix for hunger that feels pretty good and relatively harmless? Your college go-to that you never quite got over? The less-than-a-buck-a-package fuel that kept you going when your wallet was empty? Well, Ramen noodles aren’t as friendly as you might think–even if you can close your eyes and almost believe it’s Mom’s chicken soup you’re eating.
A new study from scientists links high instant noodle intake to cardiometabolic problems–which means increased risk of stroke, diabetes or heart disease. The study shows that “the consumption of instant noodles was associated with increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome in women, independent of major dietary patterns.”