Globalization Of Instant Noodles

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Instant food usually refers to precooked food that requires very little preparation prior to eating it. This often tends to include foods that are dehydrated and just require the addition of water to prepare. Convenience food labelled as instant food is an attempt to satisfy this need , while being palatable enough so that customer will choose them over foods that require the use of recipes and cooking. Instant noodle or ramen is one of the most popular instant food among teenager especially student nowadays.
Instant noodles were born in Japan in 1958, 10-odd years after Japan's defeat in World War II. It was the time when the advent of television as new media was about to drastically change people's consumption patterns. "Chicken Ramen,"
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In 2015 the World Instant Noodles Association (WINA) noted 52 countries consumed 97.7 billion servings which China consumed 40.43 billion and Indonesia consumed 13.20 billion servings, both countries dominated world's instant noodle consumptions by almost 55 percent. The amount of instant noodles produced in Japan is exported to 43 countries around the world and many of them in Asia. The amount of instant noodle eaten overseas is more than seven times the amount consumed in Japan. In Malaysia, maggi has practically become synonymous with instant noodles. All instant noodle of the same type are referred to as ‘maggi’ regardless of the brand. Popular flavors include curry, chicken, tom yum and asam laksa. Both soup based and dry variants are readily available. Though, instant noodles are usually eaten at home, they are also very popular as restaurant or café meals especially in Mamak shops similar to Hong Kong’s “cha chan teng” cafes. These noodles are usually stir fried with egg and fish cake by using minimum of monosodium glutamate (MSG). In recent years, instant noodles manufacturers have tried to introduce low – MSG seasonings as well as new processes that do not require frying for the noodles and have introduced new flavors such as chilli crab and seafood. Flavor is not the only consideration when selling instant ramen in other countries. Hindus do not eat…show more content…
Though the FDA recognizes MSG as safe for consumption, it’s potential effects on health remain controversial. Some studies have linked extremely high MSG consumption to weight gain and even increased the blood pressure, headaches and nausea. Instant noodles may also increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a condition that increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. In moderation, including instant noodles in your diet likely won’t come with any negative health effects. Overall, moderate the consumption, pick a healthy variety and add in some vegetables and a protein

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