August 18, 2023

How Many Calories is One Pack of Ramen Noodles?

For many, a warm bowl of ramen noodles is the quintessential comfort food. It brings back memories of college days filled with late nights, salty cravings and limited budgets. However, a common misconception about ramen is that it’s healthy, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, most ramen options (especially the instant variety) are very high in calories, sodium and fat and low in fiber and protein.

The majority of ramen noodles’ unhealthy calories come from the fatty meat and rich broth. The flavor packets that come with most packaged ramen are also high in sodium (often up to 90% of the daily value), which is linked to heart disease, stroke and other health problems.

Additionally, highly processed foods like instant ramen noodles lack beneficial nutrients and fall short in antioxidants that fight inflammation and promote health. While consuming ramen in moderation is not the worst thing, it’s important to choose a healthier option.

To make a nutritious ramen dish, cook shoyu ramen noodles in a clear broth that’s low in sodium. Then, top with vegetables and lean meats to boost the nutrient content of your meal. Keep in mind that noodles in Asia represent longevity, so you should never cut or bite them before they are cooked. Instead, they should be slurped whole and not chewed, which is why ramen is known as “instant noodles” in some parts of the world. This practice is also believed to help prevent overeating.

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