Ramen noodles are inexpensive and, when prepared right, somewhat palatable but they’re also awful for you. Their sodium contentis enormous and they contain TBHW, or Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone.
TBHQis a biproduct of the petroleum industry and is used as an additive to preserve cheap, processed foods. The chemical is not digestible or beneficial to the human body.
An experiment was conducted to see how ramen noodles were digested by the stomach. A gastrointestinal specialist used a time lapse video inside of the stomach to document two hours of digestion.
Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital was the first to conduct an experiment like this. He wanted to find out what happened to food in the stomach and digestive tract after consuming ramen noodles.
Thanks to a sort of “smart pill,” a camera about the size of a vitamin, Dr. Kuo was able to peer into the gut of someone who had eaten a package of ramen. He was able to record for 32 hours.
There are many other foods that contain TBHQ, which is not safe to consume at any level of concentration. At high doses, the chemical caused tumors and damage to DNA in lab rats. Other foods that contain TBHQ include:
- McDonalds chicken nuggets and french fries
- CHEEZ-IT Crackers made by Kelloggs
- Butterfinger chocolate and Reese’s Peanut butter cups
- Nestle Crunch
- Wheat Thins
- Microwave popcorn
- Pam cooking spray
- Aldi products
- Keebler Club crackers
- Kellogs eggo frozen waffles and many other kellog products
- Taco bell beans and some taco shells
- Teddy Grahams
- Red Barron frozen pizza
- Keebler Cookies
- Little Debbie
- Kellog’s Pop-Tarts
- Homestyle Peanut butter cookies
- Some forms of soymilk
- Different breads, cereals and crackers could contain TBHQ
- Crisco oil
- Some pet foods
- Many cosmetic products and baby products
- Some hair dyes lipsticks and eyeshadows
- Wrigley’s gum
- Little Debbies nutty bars and some M&M products
- KFC beans and fried chicken