College students have a reason other than avoiding the Freshman-15 to watch what they eat this year.
A new study from The Journal of Nutrition shows that instant noodles may increase the risk of a scary condition called cardiometabolic syndrome, which could lead to heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.
Researchers found eating noodles at least twice a week may increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 68-percent among women, even after adjusting for other factors like sodium intake, estrogen use and waist circumference. Consuming noodles once a week led to a 26-percent increase of the condition. This relationship does not exist with men.
It’s believed that the increased risk is likely the result of the high calories, refined carbs, saturated fat and sodium content usually found in instant noodles.