Claim: Cooking instant noodles along with the contents of their flavor packets turns the MSG contained therein "toxic."
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2007]
This is the WRONG method of cooking the instant noodles.
By doing this, when we actually boil the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic. The other thing that you may or may not realized is that, the noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to
So the CORRECT method, which you may or may not know, is to cook the noodles this way ?
1. boil the noodles in a pot with water.
2. once the noodles is cooked, take out the noodles, and throw away the water which contains wax.
3. boil another pot of water till boiling and put the noodles into the hot boiling water and then shut the fire.
4. only at this stage when the fire is off, and while the water is very hot, put the ingredient with the powder into the water, to make noodle soup.
5. however, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles n add the ingredient with the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.
Hope this piece of information is of importance to your health in relation to eating instant noodles.
Origins: Often titled "The Correct Way of Cooking Noodles," this item has been circulating on the Internet since 2007.
The noodles it refers to are packages of individual servings of ramen, one of the foodstuffs favored by college students for its low price and ease of preparation. Ramen costs about fifty cents per package, and making a helping of it involves no more than having access to a source of boiling water, with the resultant dish prepared from start to finish in under five minutes by even the most hapless of cooks.
Instructions printed on the packaging say to cook the dried noodles for three minutes in two cups of water that have been brought to a boil, then remove from heat, stir in the contents of the seasoning packet, and serve.
While it is true some people prefer to discard the water the noodles have been prepared in before making the soup with a fresh pot of hot water and the enclosed flavor packet,
The e-mailed item's claim that "the noodles are coated with wax" is false. We examined two brands of ramen (Sapporo Ichiban and Nissin's Choice) and found no evidence of wax, either in the product itself or in the ingredients list. Our lack of wax discovery in this area mirrors the 1997 results of the New York Daily News, which examined every component of a Nissin Cup Noodles with Shrimp and also found no wax. Moreover, an inquiry to Nissin Foods' consumer affairs department on this subject produced the following response:
Also, it wouldn't take "around 4 to
Barbara "polished off" Mikkelson
Last updated: 6 April 2015
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