Contributed by: Colin Chen
Many people eat fast foods such as McDonalds and Burger King because they are quick
easy foods to just grab when you are in a rush or just too lazy to cook. There are other foods
quick and easy to grab laying around your home that people all over eat. A common one even for
me is a CupOfNoodles, many eat this as a meal or even multiple meals throughout the day
thinking that is an ok meal not knowing that a cup of noodles contains high amounts of sodium
and cholesterol just like a bag of chips. In about six chips which is 28g you would have
consumed 290mg of sodium. In one CupOfNoodles there is 1,340mg of sodium. (Nutrient facts)
So based just off that you should know that A CupOfNoodles should not replace regular meals
because it is more of a junk food then an actual meal. Eating this food to much can cause
significant health problems with your kidneys, brain and heart.
The purpose of the kidney is to remove unwanted fluid by filtering your blood through
your kidneys. “Your kidneys use osmosis to draw the extra water out of your blood. This process
uses a delicate balance of sodium and potassium to pull the water across a wall of cells from the
bloodstream into a collecting channel that leads to the bladder.”(bloodpressureuk.org) When you
eat foods with high levels of Sodium it destroys the delicate balance, making it harder for your
kidneys to remove the water. This extra water will cause strain on your kidneys which in time
will lead you to develop kidney disease and high blood pressure.
Another area it affects is the brain because the rise in blood pressure, “it may cause a
slight reduction in the amount of blood reaching the brain. This may lead to dementia (known as
vascular dementia).With this condition the cells in the brain don't work as well as they should
because they are not receiving enough oxygen and nutrients. However, lowering blood pressure
may help to alleviate some of the problems and reduce the risk of greater damage.”
(bloodpressureuk.org) if you don’t lower blood pressure it can become a more serious matter and
cause you to have a stroke. It has the same effect on the heart and not lowering you sodium
intake can cause you to have a heart attack.
Next time you eat something just because it is quick and easy do your research you never
know what kind of affect this food can have on you in the long run because by eating too much
CupOfNoodles you can cause significant damage to brain, heart, and kidneys.
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