Ramen noodles are convenient - that’s why they are so dangerous!
These Japanese instant noodles are easily accessible, convenient, quick to cook, and above all..super tasty. Ramen noodles have become a go-to food in every home these days - they get ready in no time, which saves a lot of time and effort.
Moreover, these are easily available at every other store and for just a few bucks! With more ramen home recipes such as Katsu ramen and cheesy ramen noodles becoming popular, no wonder these are the go-to food for every section of society.
Disadvantages of Ramen Noodles
But with a brighter side to ramen noodles, there’s a darker side too! Although easy and delicious, ramen noodles are generally unhealthy.
Yes, these contain a high amount of TBHG (Tertiary butylhydroquinone ), MSG (Monosodium glutamate), and saturated fats. Further, ramen noodles are low in protein and contain preservatives that increase their shelf life. Being high in additives and preservatives makes instant noodles unhealthy when consumed regularly. Consuming TBHG and MSG-contained food causes reactions to bodies causing headaches, sweating, weakness, quick fluttering heartbeats, and more. Hence, one should avoid eating them on a regular basis. Especially children, health-conscious, and weight-watchers should part ways with ramen noodles.
The truth is, the taste of these noodles is addictive. So, if you can’t resist the slurpy-soupy noodles, here is what you can do:
Switch to healthy alternatives to ramen noodles and continue to enjoy the deliciousness!
While most instant noodles choices in the market are unhealthy, a few brands do exist that offer a healthier version of our favourite instant noodles.
Let’s know more about them.
Alternatives To Ramen Instant Noodles
Below we have mentioned the top 6 healthy alternatives to ramen noodles. All these have numerous health benefits and are good enough to be a part of your healthy diet.
Created from highly sustainable crops like Bambara groundnut, BamNut noodles are packed with plant-based protein. These guilt-free air-fried noodles are also ideal for those who are struggling to lose those extra inches. They are springy, chewy, and consumed dry. The best part about BamNut noodles is that they are free from artificial colouring, preservatives, sweeteners, flavours, and even harmful MSG. What more! These air-fried instant noodles are rich in protein (17 g), low in fat, and cholesterol-free.
Sesame & garlic seasoning and shroom pepper seasoning are the usual accompaniments of these BamNut noodles.
Another plant-based alternative to ramen noodles is the Moringa noodles. These green-coloured noodles are crisp and appetizing. They derive their colour from Moringa leaves extracts. The fact that ‘greens’ are healthy proves the health benefits of moringa noodles.
They comprise good quality herbs and spices, which give them their flavour. They are MSG-free, so you can consume these without worrying about your health. Savouring these noodles taste a hint of sesame. In addition, you will be delighted by a touch of vegetal aroma that has hints of green tea. They are also rich in potassium, vitamin A, iron, and calcium. These sustainable and environmentally friendly noodles are a must-have in your pantry.
If you can’t resist your favourite Ramen, here’s something you must try. Rice noodles are both a healthy and tasty alternative to Ramen noodles. Made of white rice noodles, they come in different shapes, including vermicelli and spaghetti. They are usually slippery in texture and not springy. Plus, they are high in Manganese - a vital mineral for reducing inflammation and regulating blood, and phosphorus - the energy-storing mineral for your body.
Just add your favourite ingredients to rice noodles and relish a ramen-like dish!
Gluten-Free Ramen Noodles
Can’t include Ramen noodles in your meal due to gluten allergy? Go for the gluten-free one! Gluten-free noodles do not contain wheat flour; instead, they are made of brown rice, white rice, forbidden rice, and even millets. Certain ingredients are found in every gluten-free noodle, including potatoes, tapioca, brown rice flour, beans, and millet. Plus, the extra nuttiness in rice noodles is accompanied by high fibre. Also, they are more likely to taste better than regular ramen.
Can’t swear off the noodles? No worries! Here’s a better alternative - the Soba Noodles. Made of buckwheat, soba noodles are popular ingredients in Japanese meals. They are brown in colour.
Naturally gluten-free, you can use them in cold and hot dishes, and they have a nutty and earthy flavour to them. Further, they are rich in fibre and protein and can be easily found in nearby groceries.
Some cheap versions of Soba Noodles contain wheat flour. So, if you are gluten-allergic, make sure to read the label.
Shirataki noodles are made using konjac starch - a Japanese root vegetable. They are thicker in consistency and even transparent. Shirataki noodles are insanely low on calories and rich in fibre. Plus, they are low in carbs, making them a healthy substitute for Ramen noodles. Shirataki noodles are also keto-friendly, so those who follow a strict keto diet can include Shirataki noodles in their meal. Just like Ramen, they are also easy and quick to cook and impart similar taste and texture.
Great Taste, Good Health!
Well, it’s obvious why Ramen noodles are loved worldwide - taste, convenience and money-saving. However, one should not compromise their health in the name of little convenience or taste. The above-revealed alternatives to delicious yet unhealthy Ramen noodles are worth a try - and you will not find them any different than your traditional noodles. Plus, you will reap several health benefits. Just add your favourite ingredients and relish instant noodles like never before.
Looking for a new noodle recipe to try? Check out our Korean rice cake noodles recipe that is perfect for K-food lovers!
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