When mothers during pregnancy often feel hungry in the middle of the night and want to enjoy fast food, one of which is instant noodles. Not a few pregnant women question, is instant noodles safe for pregnant women and fetuses? On this occasion I will review with the advice of a nutrition specialist.
Currently instant noodles are one of the favorite foods of many people from various circles and ages, the main reason is that it tastes delicious, and the process of making it is easy and fast.
Did you know that according to a survey from national health, instant noodles are eaten at least 1-6 times a week by around 70% of adults in Indonesia, and fans of instant noodles continue to increase by almost 5% every year.
Instant Noodle Content
Based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), which requires that all instant noodle products need to be fortified or given additional nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, folic acid, iron, and zinc.
This is the same as what was said by obstetrician Dr. Hari Nugroho SpOG, “Instant noodles are feared by many pregnant women and many people are not pregnant because of the high content of MSG. Even though MSG itself is declared safe by the FDA. Although some people complain of sensitivity to MSG such as feeling dizzy or having a headache after consuming it, “
Yes, even though it has been declared safe to eat in large quantities because it has met WHO recommendations, instant noodles also contain preservatives, dyes, and flavorings that are not good for health.
The dangers of eating instant noodles
In another study conducted in South Korea revealed the dangers of eating instant noodles, the study states: eating instant noodles twice a week is at risk of causing metabolic syndrome. What is Metabolic Syndrome? That is a collection of disorders consisting of high blood pressure, excess fat accumulation in the abdomen, lowering good cholesterol levels, increasing blood sugar levels, and increasing triglyceride levels. This is due to the high number of calories, saturated fat, sugar, and salt in instant noodles contained in instant noodles.
So the conclusion we can draw from this information is not to overeat instant noodles.
Can Instant Noodles Be Consumed by Pregnant Women?
Yes, I agree with pregnant women. Instant noodles can indeed be used as a quick solution for pregnant women who are often hungry. However, keep in mind that the food consumed by pregnant women can affect the growth of the fetus. Because the high salt content in instant noodles can trigger hypertension or increase blood pressure during pregnancy, it can be dangerous for both the mother and the fetus.
Pregnant women can eat instant noodles, as long as it’s not too often, here are tips that pregnant women can do in processing instant noodles to make them healthier:
- Reduce the amount of spices used. Use half of it or you can make your own seasoning.
- Add protein, such as eggs, seafood, or meat.
- Add vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, mustard greens, broccoli, or spinach. Make sure everything has to be cooked thoroughly.
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