We've all heard the warnings before, but now it's official. You may love the taste and convenience of instant noodles, but you definitely won't love what it does to your body. A recently published study revealed that eating too many of the popular snack is not only unhealthy, but it can actually cause some very serious problems for you, possibly even leading you to a premature death.

Researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University have some very stern warnings for the millions of instant noodle eaters around the world. Just published in the Journal of Nutrition are results of a study conducted by analyzing the diets and health of 11,000 South Koreans aged between 19 and 64. The reason South Koreans were the subjects of the study is simple — in 2015, they ate an average of 76 packages of instant noodles a year, which is about one every five days, by far the most in the world. Unfortunately, consequences of this are already manifesting itself. Apparently, many women in the study were at risk for metabolic syndrome, whose symptoms includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. All of this, of course, can lead to diabetes, a heart attack or even a stroke, and none of those is worth having just for a quick fix of instant noodles. Oddly enough, the men in the study were not found with a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome, which the researchers attributed to the biological differences between men and women.

But noodle-loving men all over the world still have much to fear. In India, Nestlé’s Maggi brand had seven times the legal amount of lead in their products. The government immediately banned the noodles from public consumption, noting their hazardous effects on the human body. Back in South Korea in 2012, a cancer-causing substance known as Benzopyrene was found in six different brands of noodles produced by Nongshim, South Korea's largest instant noodle and snack company. Because of this, all of the company's problem brands were recalled, not only in South Korea, but all over the world. Pretty scary stuff.

The list of bad-for-you ingredients in instant noodles goes on and on. Eating too much of anything isn't going to be good for you, but when scientists tell you that you're going to die if you don't be careful in your consumption of something, it's probably time to make some drastic changes.


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