What’s in ramen? It depends.
Ramen is a popular and versatile food.
Instant ramen is inexpensive, it can be prepared in less than five minutes, and unless you hate salt, it’s very tasty. What’s more:
When I want to find a new and exciting recipe, or a terrific variation on one I make regularly, I consult Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Or the old standby, “The Joy of Cooking.” Or I’ll pull out my phone and check out Delish or MyRecipes for inspiration.
That is, of course, unless I’m consulting the Snapchat accounts of social media influencers.
Most readers have probably never seen a eucalyptus tree, or enjoyed the fresh, pine-like scent of a grove of eucalypts. (Yes, that’s really the plural of eucalyptus.)
We have a lot of laws in America.
Some laws regulate what we can eat; horsemeat and puffer fish, for example, are banned in America.
Some laws regulate where we can eat; believe it or not, Miami Beach prohibits outdoor food stands, and it’s illegal to eat peanuts in Massachusetts churches.
Thankfully, there are no laws – at least, not yet – regulating how we eat.
Most people who regularly buy instant ramen are only familiar with two types: the one in the package and the one in the cup.
Kids often feel a sense of relief when they finally go away to college or move out of the house.
Here’s one big reason: their parents aren’t around to constantly nag them.
“Clean your room and then do your homework!”
“Come home and go to bed. It’s a school night!”
And of course, “Put that ramen back in the cabinet. It’s bad for you!”
Ramen is just about the perfect food. And no, we’re not crazy.
Here’s what most people “know” about ramen noodles:
- They’re extremely popular in Japan.
- They’re fast and easy to prepare.
- They’re an incredibly inexpensive meal to make at home.
- They’re not very good for you.
From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
Conducive to or associated with good health or reduced risk of disease.
If that’s the criteria we’re using to determine if ramen is healthy, the answer is clearly “no.”