Apart from eating local Philippine cuisine, Filipinos love to eat instant noodles. Its variety of flavors make it even more lovable for the Filipinos. From the original flavor, it evolve to flavors of our well known local food like bulalo, la paz batchoy, palabok and pancit bihon. There’s also, sweet, sour and spicy or combination of those flavors. You have the option of buying it in a pouch or in a cup.
Instant noodles have become a staple food for most Filipinos since its affordable, available and convenient. You can purchase it not only from retail stores but also on sidewalk vendors and even on bus or train stations.
Besides, it becomes a part of family meals for quick and simple cooking. Because it can be easily cooked, it is commonly given as a relief good during calamities of flood and typhoon which often happens all year round in the country.
Instant Noodles Nutrition Facts
Although it’s handy to eat, instant noodles can be bad for the health. Let us take a look on the instant noodles nutrition facts. The values below are based on one of the famous noodles in the Philippines.
Saturated Fat 6g (30% Daily Value)
Sodium 680 mg (28%)
Total Fat 12g (18%)
Total Carbohydrates 35g (12%)
Protein 6g (12%)
Sugar 3g (8%)
Basically, it has high saturated fat, high sodium and MSG or monosodium glutamate. High saturated fat is unhealthy dietary fat which can cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels and the risk of having diabetes, stroke and heart illnesses. Immense sodium or salt, can cause stomach cancer if eaten solely for 2 years. A Taiwanese boy died for such reason last 2018.