The debate has been on for some years now on whether eating popular Instant Noodles like Chikki, Dangote and Indomie are really harmful to our health.
According to reports by the World Instant Noodle Association (WINA), Nigeria is currently ranked the largest consumer of instant noodles in Africa. It is also the number 12 in the world with an estimated 1.54 billion packets demanded for in year 2015 alone.
Yet despite the unceasing argument for or against its safe consumption, a look at the demand and consumption trend for instant noodles in the country from year 2011 till date shows a steady annual increase. This is projected to continue for some years to come.
Those who claim that instant noodles are harmful allege that studies have showed that they contain harmful preservatives. They don’t easily digest, increase the risk of heart diseases, high in saturated fats and may contain harmful toxins. Those who disagree with these however contend that many of these submissions are largely inaccurate, unnecessarily exaggerated or plainly unfounded lies.
So whose report should we believe? Granted that the global financial and manufacturing powers behind the production of instant noodles would not readily agree that their products could be harmful. Yet it is hard to believe as some may claim that there is a global and concerted conspiracy to needlessly pick on its consumption among the many other processed foods consumed worldwide.
So what do you think? Are you convinced that instant noodles consumption can have long-term health implications? Can we trust the government and concerned regulatory bodies to take a balanced and unselfish position in this matter when required?