Truths Vs Myths
RUMOR RESPONSE ABOUT INSTANT NOODLES
Instant noodles are coated with wax to prevent it from sticking together.
Instant noodles do not contain any wax. Noodle strands do not stick together as a natural consequence of the process of slitting the noodle dough into strands, steaming, and then frying in normal palm oil.
Neither do the paper cups have wax. The paper cups are lined with food grade polyethylene material that does not melt with heat or chip when cold. Being a food grade material, polyethylene does not, in any way, become hazardous when used as packaging material for food and beverages. Both the inner and outer surfaces of the paper cups are lined with polyethylene material to protect it from direct damage of external factors and to serve as a moisture barrier to ensure high food quality.
Instant noodles use styrofoam which is a cancer-causing agent.
Lucky Me! does not include styrofoam in its ingredients and packaging materials. Noodle cups are made of paper lined with polyethylene material to ensure protection from moisture and other external factors which may affect product quality. All materials used by Lucky Me! in its packaging are non-carcinogenic (or does not cause cancer).
Instant noodles are considered as junk food as they are only full of carbohydrates and do not offer nutritional value.
Junk food is an informal term used to refer to food that is perceived to offer minimal nutritional value. Labeling instant noodles as junk food is a common misperception. Like rice and bread, instant noodles are good source of carbohydrates, an essential requirement for the body as it provides the energy needed for physical activities. Moreover, Lucky Me! also offers nutritional benefits as it is certified by the DOH with Sangkap Pinoy Seal to be fortified with micronutrients like Vitamin A and Iron. A serving provides at least one-third of the daily requirement of the nutrient it has been fortified with.
Instant noodles has preservatives and other additives that make it hard to digest and inhibit absorption of nutrients.
Lucky Me! is now NAPA, or No Artificial Preservatives Added. Green Tea Extract is used to keep the noodles in high quality and fresh for consumption. This comes from natural green tea leaves known to contain anti-oxidants.
The duration it takes to digest food depends on the type of food itself and the mechanical and chemical processes that break the food down such as chewing and digestive enzymes. Instant noodles can be classified as a complex carbohydrate, much like rice and bread which all stem from grains. Compared to simple carbohydrates (e.g. sugary food), complex carbohydrates require more time to be digested as it needs to be broken down into smaller components. However, the relative longer duration of digestion of complex carbohydrates is not indicative of any impact in nutrient absorption, according to a Harvard University study.
Instant noodles contain trans-fat.
Lucky Me! noodles have been certified as zero-trans fat by a third-party lab test. This declaration is present at the Nutrition Facts panel of the packaging.
Instant noodles contain high sodium content which leads to illnesses like high blood pressure.
The sodium content of one pack of Lucky Me! noodles is within the Department of Health’s (DOH) recommended daily allowance of 1,500 to 2,300 mg per day, contributing around 30% to 80% of the daily allowance depending on the flavor. For the more health-conscious consumers, a healthier alternative is available with Lucky Me! Lite, which contains the same goodness of beef and chicken flavors but lighter on sodium by 30%.
Sodium plays a big role in the regulation of fluid balance and blood volume, and transportation of nutrients in the body to keep muscles and nerves functioning well. However, having too much sodium intake regularly coupled with low water intake and sedentary lifestyle may have harmful health effects in the long term including increased risk for heart-related diseases. On the other hand, it is also not recommended to keep sodium level in the body on a critically low level as it may lead to swelling of cells or edema due to absorption of excess water. Like with any other food product, instant noodles should be eaten in moderation and complemented with a variety of food to make a holistic, balanced diet.
Instant noodles cause kidney-related diseases like UTI.
Kidney-related illnesses like UTI are brought about by several factors, such as bacteria and kidney stones. A person is more likely to develop kidney stones by practicing unhealthy lifestyle choices such as eating too much salty food partnered with low intake of water and prevention of urine flow. While eating instant noodles alone is not the direct cause of this disease, it is recommended to observe the daily recommended limit in sodium intake which is 2,300 mg only. Moreover, the National Kidney Transplant Institute said that the simplest and most important lifestyle change to prevent all kinds of kidney stones from developing is to drink more liquids such as water.
Instant noodles cause obesity as they induce water retention in the body.
Obesity is a body condition wherein excessive amount of fat is stored in the body. This happens when amount of calorie intake is greather than the amount of calorie usage. It is not directly caused by eating instant noodles. A serving of instant noodles contains around 300 calories, the same amount of calories burned in a 30-minute extensive workout. Obesity is more likely to occur because of hormonal imbalance, inadequate physical activity, and poor nutrition.
Water retention is often associated with consumption of sodium-rich food. After consuming a salty food, the sodium causes the body to hold more water to bring the sodium and water ratio into proper balance. This condition is common and happens only temporarily. The body proceeds with its natural functions to flush out sodium out of the system with the aid of more water intake.
Instant noodles contain propylene glycol, an anti-freeze ingredient which prevents noodles from drying up. When absorbed by the body, it causes damage to kidneys and weakens the immune system.
Lucky Me! noodles do not contain propylene glycol. Instant noodles retain its dry nature inside the pack as a result of the frying process, from which the moisture content is decreased.
Instant noodles become toxic when cooked in boiling water as it induces chemical change in MSG.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a flavor enhancer classified by the Food and Drug Administration as generally recognized as safe, or GRAS, ingredient. Likewise, the World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen not to set a limit on Accepted Daily Intake (ADI) of MSG,
MSG is added to food before, during, or after cooking. It is a stable food element, which means that it does not change its molecular structure when added to boiling water or with other ingredients. Therefore, it is not (nor does it become) toxic.
Instant noodles are not safe to eat during pregnancy.
There is no scientific study at the moment that validates the claim that instant noodles are not safe for consumption of pregnant women. During pregnancy, the most important consideration is to keep a holistic and well-balanced diet to ensure the baby’s healthy development. Diet is suggested to consist primarily of well-cooked and well-prepared meal that are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Eating instant noodles once in a while and in moderate serving is not harmful and may even be complemented with vegetables and egg for a more nutritious and complete meal. It is still best to seek advice from a doctor or a nutritionist for a meal plan specifically tailored for your nutritional needs during pregnancy.
Instant noodles are not fit for vegan / vegetarian diet.
Lucky Me! uses both natural and artificial meat flavors in the seasoning to enhance the flavor which makes it is not suitable for strict vegan / vegetarian diet.
Me! products are haraam since there is no halal logo on the packaging.
Most Lucky Me! products are free of pork or any pork-related ingredient, as certified by a third-party lab test. These include the following:
Lucky Me! Instant Mami Beef
Lucky Me! Instant Mami Chicken
Lucky Me! Instant Mami Itnok
Lucky Me! Instant Mami Spicy Hot Beef
Lucky Me! Instant Mami Beef Spareribs
Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Original
Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Kalamansi
Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili
Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Chilimansi
Lucky Me! Pancit Canton Sweet and Spicy
Special by Lucky Me! Lomi
Special by Lucky Me! Sotanghon Lite
Lucky Me! Supreme Bulalo
Lucky Me! Supreme Special Beef
Lucky Me! Supreme Sotanghon
At the moment, the halal seal is not present on the packaging of Lucky Me! noodles. Monde Nissin opted to voluntary discontinue the certification on the packaging while waiting for the completion of documentation from raw material suppliers. Once the required documentation is complete, the halal certification will be re-applied.