Available at Sam’s Club, instant ramen noodles from brands like Top Ramen, Nissin, and Nong Shim can be tempting for busy individuals. Before you load them into your shopping cart, know that instant ramen noodles are notorious for their high sodium content. Per the CDC, excessive sodium consumption is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health issues. In the case of Nissin Chicken Cup Noodles, a serving contains 1,160 milligrams of sodium, making up 51% of the daily value.
They are also loaded with artificial flavors, preservatives, and MSG (monosodium glutamate), which can cause headaches or other reactions in sensitive individuals per WebMD. They are typically low in fiber, and micronutrients, making them a less nutritious meal option. Nongshim Hot and Spicy Beef Ramyun Bowl, for example, only has 2 grams of fiber, or 7% of the daily value, with no vitamins A, C, D, and the amounts of calcium and potassium are negligible.