Is Maggi Healthy: How Often Eat It: All About Maggi Dilemma

Easy & quick to make and eat as well. This is why Maggi or any other instant noodles are famous for. You just slide it through the food pipe and that’s it. Rest will be taken care by your stomach. It may satisfy your hunger. However,  ‘Is Maggi healthy?’ has been a very debatable topic among public. If there are any side effects of Maggi and how they affect your health? What is Maggi’s nutritious value or what it is made of? Still, it is very favorite food for office goers and students.

A simple analysis of components involved in making the Maggi could reveal the fact. Problem is most of the ingredients used in making the Maggi is highly debatable and controversial among public, nutritionists, food safety researchers, medical practitioners and even FDAs. Let’s have a look on these ingredients to check: Is Maggi healthy?

High Salt (Sodium) Content: A Silent Killer

Salt is associated with higher blood pressure. It is said that Maggi has a high salt content which can spike up your blood pressure. Too much sodium may increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and stomach cancer and kidney disease. Although, there are many other processed or prepared foods which contribute significantly in Sodium intake such as breads and cereals. 5gm is the recommended daily amount of sodium; Maggi alone has 1.3gm of sodium.

Use of Refined Flour: Nutrient Deficient

Maggi uses white flour which is a highly refined in nature as you can feel so just by touching it as how soft it is! White flour does not have inner germ layer and the outer bran due to which it has no fiber. Hence it is difficult to digest, it congests the system and slows down digestion which affects the metabolism which in turn may lead to weight gain, stress, headaches and constipation.

High in Starch:

Starch is a type of carbohydrate made up of long chains of sugar molecules and it is commonly found in peas, corn, potatoes, beans, pasta, rice and grains. However, since starch is linked to the sugar and sugar is linked to the higher risk of diabetes (cause blood sugar to rise & fall rapidly) and weight gain, it is very debatable what amount of starch is being used in Maggi. This is especially important for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes, since their bodies can’t efficiently remove sugar from the blood.

The Lead in Maggi: A Hidden Threat

Although lead is naturally found in the environment through air, water and soil. Plants take in small amounts of lead when they grow. It is generally considered not good for health. Lead is most commonly found in the fruit juices, vegetables, cookies etc. Lead is even found in the gasoline. Lead amounts can be reduced or removed to a safe level during food processing. 

Monosodium Glutamate

This may be the most controversial component in Maggi. Why Maggi seems to be so addictive – it is because of its distinguished taste which comes from the use of Monosodium glutamate or MSG. Monosodium glutamate enhances the taste of Maggi. WHO has said that MSG leads to kidney and liver failure. Also, it is extremely harmful to pregnant ladies and children. Headache, weakness, fatigue, chest pain are some of the other symptoms. However, it is very debatable among medical community.

You can also check what Nestle has to say about one of its most popular products in their website’s FAQ

Finally, we can see that many of its components are already found or used in other foods as well. So, Maggi can be consumed once in a while just for a change. Regular eating of any processed or packaged food can lead to harmful effects on body. Most importantly food which is not chewed by teeth should be consumed carefully. So prefer fruits, veggies and homemade food as much as possible. Now you have enough food for thought to decide is maggi healthy?

Gautam Trehan

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