Indomie is an easy-to-prepare meal. You need only to immerse in boiled water before serve. But is indomie harmful? Well, we can answer this question after reading the analysis of food additives in indomie.
Food Additives in Indomie:
Potassium Biocarbonate | E501
Potassium bicarbonate is “generally recognized as safe”. There is no evidence that it may cause any serious health problems. Moreover, potassium bicarbonate helps reduce the symptoms of potassium deficiency, which may help protect blood vessels and heart as well as strengthen bones.
Potassium bicarbonate may interact negatively with certain medications, especially diuretics medicines. Consuming large amounts of potassium bicarbonate may raise potassium levels in the blood.
Sodium Phosphate | E339
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sodium phosphate is considered as safe. It has been associated with side effects such as gastrointestinal disorders, hyperactivity and imbalances in calcium and phosphate levels in blood, which may lead to osteoporosis. Sodium phosphate has been also associated with severe kidney problems. Consuming it more frequently than once every seven days might elevate your risk of developing kidney damage.
Mono-Sodium Glutamate | MSG | E621
The U.S. FDA has given mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) its generally recognized as safe designation. MSG has been used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer since 5500 BC. It is found in cheese and noodles.
A popular belief known as "Chinese restaurant syndrome", is that large doses of MSG can cause side effects of MSG include headache, dizziness, skin rashes, swelling of the skin, and nasal congestion, itching and sneezing. The possible side effects included in MSG symptom complex reportedly occur within 15 to 30 minutes of consuming MSG and go away on their own within 2 to 24 hours.
In the end, it should be noticed that indomie is junk food that does not contain any vitamins, minerals or proteins. It is a starchy food with high amounts of additives that may cause many health problems. Indomie is simply unhealthy food and shouldn’t be eaten regularly. And, instead, eat more of natural, home-cooked foods.
Bayan Tayeh
Bayan works as a content writer and graphic designer. She is highly interested in the field of healthcare and health education. Her goal is to change the way people think about sticking to some dietary habits, and to encourage them consume real food, as possible, so we can build a healthier world.