Stomach-Turning Video Will Make You Reconsider Eating Ramen Noodles

Stomach-Turning Video Will Make You Reconsider Eating Ramen Noodles


The first-of-its-kind experiment by Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital wanted to find out exactly what happens to food in the stomach and digestive tract after consuming ramen noodles.

Thanks to the “smart pill,” a camera the size of a multi-vitamin, Dr. Kuo could do his experiment, showing what happens in the gut of someone who ate a package of instant ramen noodles compared to fresh.

Dr. Kuo recorded 32 hours from the pill camera.

“What we’re seeing here is a stomach contracting back and forth as it’s trying to grind up the ramen noodles,” Dr. Kuo says of the beginning of the video.

For comparison, the study volunteers also ate fresh, homemade ramen noodles on a different day.

The video at 20 minutes, and 2 hours, shows a striking difference.


“The most striking thing about our experiment when you looked at a time interval, say in one or two hours, we noticed a processed ramen noodles were less broken down that homemade ramen noodles,” noted Dr. Kuo.

This affects nutrient absorption and could theoretically allow preservatives to linger longer periods in the stomach cavity before being transported to the intestines and subsequently eliminated.

Stomach-Turning Video Will Make You Reconsider Eating Ramen Noodles

What Is TBHQ?

In processed foods, it’s sprayed on the food or on its packaging to prevent discoloration and changes to flavor and odor. Others products, such as cosmetics, perfumes, varnishes and lacquers, contain TBHQ to maintain stability.

Small amounts of TBHQ may not kill you (although death has occurred) or even make you feel immediately sick, but it can have a long term effect on your health such as weakening of organs and contributing to the onset of cancers and tumors.

The FDA says that TBHQ must not exceed 0.02 percent of its oil and fat content. Death has occurred from the ingestion of as little as 5 grams. This would be a considerably high dose compared to the amounts found in foods, but it gives us a good indication on the toxicity level of this preservative.

At higher doses, it has some negative health effects on lab animals, such as producing precursors to stomach tumors and damage to DNA. A number of studies have shown that prolonged exposure to high doses of TBHQ may be carcinogenic, especially for stomach tumors.

Ingestion of a single gram (a thirtieth of an ounce) has caused nausea, vomiting, anaphylactic shock, diarrhea, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse. Some people have reported having anxiety and night terrors and asthma after ingesting TBHQ. Others have reported having a body rash and swollen lymph nodes.

You can find TBHQ in McDonald’s chicken Mcnuggets across the United States, however Mcdonalds European chicken nuggets do not contain the toxic preservative. This is interesting since both the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the FDA have evaluated TBHQ and determined that it is safe to consume at the concentration allowed in foods. The EFSA considers TBHQ to be non-carcinogenic, so why do they not allow it in chicken mcnuggets?

Stomach-Turning Video Will Make You Reconsider Eating Ramen Noodles
Other Food Products Containing TBHQ:

Mcdonalds chicken nuggets and french fries

CHEEZ-IT Crackers made by Kelloggs

Butterfinger chocolate and Resee’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 cerals 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

There are many more processed foods not listed above which contain TBHQ. A conclusion that is now quickly reaching vast numbers is that all processed food in general, has far too many problems to be considered safe. Our regulatory agencies are not responsibly catering to the problems and instead of removing these toxins from the food supply, are claiming that safe levels exist. Since when did safe levels exist of any poison entering the body?



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