NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Today, we focus in on a particular popular food that may be worse for you than you previously thought.
It's cheap, easy to make, and a nice break from the frozen pizza or microwavable mac n' cheese you've been munching on for dinner; it's ramen -- a.k.a. instant noodles. Those tasty meals and snacks that can cost something like 18 cents per pack/meal if you buy in bulk.
All you need is hot water, the ability to tear open a seasoning packet, chopsticks (or a fork and spoon), and some slurping skills. It fills you up pretty quickly and also keeps your wallet full, so what's not to love?
This may not come as a shock to you, but instant noodles have been proven to be terrible for some people.
We came up with a list of the eight biggest reasons instant noodles can be bad for your health, using data from WebMD and, most importantly, findings from a new study by Baylor University. The study was published in The Journal of Nutrition and shows that consumption of instant noodles significantly ups the risk of a scary condition for certain groups of people. This same condition has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even a stroke. Read to the end of this article to learn more about that scary reason to limit your ramen consumption.
And that's not all you should be concerned about -- what follows are a total of eight reasons that ramen noodles may be bad for your health...
Mmm...looks good? Well, it contains a lot of fat. One 85-gram package of ramen noodles has 14.5 grams of fat.
The unhealthy saturated fats make up 6.5 grams, which is about one third of your daily allowance. The remainder of the fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.