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Nutrition Facts for Instant Noodles
Though there can be a good deal of variability between different brands and flavors of instant noodles, most types have certain nutrients in common.
Most types of instant noodles tend to be low in calories, fiber and protein, with higher amounts of fat, carbs, sodium and select micronutrients.
One serving of beef-flavored ramen noodles contains these nutrients:
· Calories: 188
· Carbs: 27 grams
· Total fat: 7 grams
· Saturated fat: 3 grams
· Protein: 4 grams
· Fiber: 0.9 grams
· Sodium: 861 mg
· Thiamine: 43% of the RDI
· Folate: 12% of the RDI
· Manganese: 11% of the RDI
· Iron: 10% of the RDI
· Niacin: 9% of the RDI
· Riboflavin: 7% of the RDI
Keep in mind that one package of ramen contains two servings, so if you're eating the entire package in one sitting, the amounts above would be doubled.
It's also worth noting that there are some special varieties available that are marketed as healthier options. These may be made using whole grains or have lower amounts of sodium or fat.
SUMMARY: The majority of instant noodles are low in calories, fiber and protein, but high in fat, carbs, sodium and some micronutrients.
Excerpt from Are Instant Noodles Bad for You?
Written by Rachael Link, MS, RD on April 15, 2017