Being a quick and easy to prepare foodstuff, Maggie noodles has remained the favorite of many for years now. In times of hunger, whenever we want a fast and tasty preparation, this 2 minute wonder still remains the first choice of most of us. Particularly popular with kids and students, Maggie is certainly one of the most well known and highly consumed food items in the modern times. However, in spite of all its benefits there are certain questions about its impact on the health which need to be answered. Let us look at some of the major problems associated with the consumption of Maggie.
1.Low in nutrition
Maggie is obviously low in nutritive value. Although it is quick and easy to prepare, it does not provide much nutrients to our body. Rich in carbohydrates, sodium and other food additives, Maggie is extremely low on necessary constituents such as fiber, vitamins and minerals. Add to that the fact that it is highly processed and contains harmful preservatives which have very harmful effects on our metabolism. The dried vegetables
which noodles sometimes claim to have are devoid of any nutrition. These are unhealthy as they are already dehydrated. The amount of “vegetables” dehydrated is literally not even handful. We are not aware of their equipment and the process of how they are dehydrated.
2.Affects the nervous system
Nervous system forms the principal network of sense and intelligence of a person. Any impact on the nervous system is therefore very dangerous. Maggie has been found to contain lead which is harmful for the nervous system. Studies show that the amount of lead in Maggie is much more than the permissible limit. Lead poisoning harms the most important organ in the body which is the brain. Lead affects the development of the brain and the nervous system. Severe lead poisoning can cause mental retardation and behavioral disruptions.
3.Can cause Diabetes
Diabetes is now a common ailment all over the world. Our lifestyle and improper diet are the main reasons why Diabetes is today affecting people of all ages. Maggie noodles mainly contain fine flour which can be a cause of diabetes. Actually, flour has a high glycaemic index, which means it will release sugars into the bloodstream quickly. This causes a sharp insulin response, which over a period of time, with prolonged consumption of processed and refined food, causes inflammation, insulin resistance and eventually type II diabetes. Thus, excessive and frequent consumption of Maggie noodles can increase your chances of getting Diabetes.
Sodium is one of the unhealthiest out of the many harmful substances that Maggie noodles contain. High amounts of sodium have a very bad impact on our health. Sodium is particularly bad for the urinary system. In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with the excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. The amount of Sodium in one serving of Maggie noodles is close to 46 % of the daily requirement, which is obviously a very high quantity.
5.Blood pressure and cardiac problems
Another very dangerous health aspect of sodium lies in the impact it has on our cardiac health. Maggie contains such level of sodium which in the long run can be very harmful and dangerous for our circulatory system. Sodium increases the volume of blood which further means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much sodium can damage the heart and the aorta.
6.Trans fat content
Maggie noodles contain considerable amounts of trans-fats. Trans-fats are created by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil. This is done to make the fat more solid and increase its shelf life. Trans -fats are twice as difficult for the body to dissolve as saturated fats. Trans-fats have a direct effect on the cholesterol levels. Basically, cholesterol can be divided into good and bad cholesterol depending upon whether they are transported back to the liver or whether they are transported throughout the body. Trans-fats boost bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol. They’re active agents of heart disease, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies and cellular deterioration.
7.Unhealthy bones and teeth
Due to the alarming lead content in Maggie, it is also potentially dangerous for the teeth and the bones. WHO has said that lead gets stored in the teeth and bones after consumption which causes decay in the teeth and weakening of the bones. Moreover, the lead stored in the bone might get re mobilized into blood during pregnancy, making the fetus vulnerable to harm.
Mono-sodium glutamate is a flavor enhancing substance present in most packed items including Maggie. It is commonly known as Ajinomoto. MSG can result in allergic reaction and individuals who are sensitive to MSG are exposed to burning sensations, chest and facial flushing or pain and headaches. The long term effects of MSG are even more alarming. In fact, Ajinomoto can be called a ‘slow killer’. Headache is a very common side effect of MSG. However, due to continuous intake of MSG this mild headache can take form of migraine which can be very severe. Also, MSG is a neurotransmitter. It stimulates the nerves and imbalances the neurotransmitters. This leads to an unhealthy body. MSG can also be a reason for problems like blood pressure, thyroid issues, diabetes, asthma, food allergies and also obesity.
9.Dangerous for kids
Kids are very fond of eating Maggie but actually excess of Maggie can be very harmful for them due to the lead present in it. Young children can absorb 4-5 times the amount of ingested lead as that absorbed by adults, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Thus, children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead hampers brain development in children and causes behavioral problems. It might also cause kidney damage, slow rate of growth and aggression in children.
30 percent of all cancers could be prevented if one adopts a healthy diet, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Some of the chemicals found in the Maggie noodles could possibly causing cancer in the human body such as dioxin and plasticizers that are leaked from the containers in the presence of hot water.
Thus it is quite evident that Maggie has got a lot of bad effects on our body. We all like to have delicious food, but that does not mean we start neglecting our health for satisfying our taste buds. Instead of Maggie, we have many other healthier alternatives. We can go for snacks like upma, vada, oats which are tasty as well as nutritious. So next time when you think of going for a serving of Maggie, do not forget the health effects mentioned above.