Did Ramen Noodles—Gasp!—Just Become Healthy?
Ramen isn't going to be the next superfood, but it's a little better than before.
Ramen noodles: the mainstay of broke students, bad cooks, and the working poor everywhere. Designed to have a long shelf-life, the high salt content of these noodles is well known, with a single brick of the noodles having more than half of the FDA-recommended daily sodium intake. Such a high salt content is a common thing among processed foods, and has been an element of the noodles since they were introduced in the seventies.
However, a bit of good news is coming for those who are concerned about convenience and healthy living.
The Nissin company, who produce the best-known version of the noodles in the United States, has announced that its ramen noodles will now be produced with less salt. The company says that it has "reduced sodium by an average of 15% across all flavors” and removed added MSG entirely.
They have also announced that the labeling will be changed on all packaging to better highlight which options are vegetarian and which are not. This is in response to the increasing numbers of people who adhere to vegetarian diets — many food companies are now working to get their business. It's a sign of the times that even cheap meals are trying to sell themselves by appealing to vegetarians.
Ramen Food Pyramid by Vince Vance.
But, I don’t eat this stuff, why should I care?
The average American gets almost double the recommend amount of salt in a given day, most of it added to the food during processing. As too much salt can lead to a slew of health problems, including high blood pressure, this reduction could go a long way to improving the health of millions of Americans.
Now, this isn’t to say that ramen is going to be the next superfood. They are still high in salt and low in fiber, protein or nutrients, and have many of the hallmarks of a junk food. However, as 75% of all salt consumed by Americans is added in during food processing, even a slight improvement could go a long way to helping hundreds of thousands of people avoid heart attacks and strokes each year.
As people become more and more health conscious, even the cheapest, most heavily processed foods we eat are liable to change to make up for this fact. Will ramen be eaten by all the chic-est and health-focused individuals? Probably not, but the change is for the better.
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90,000 years ago, a young girl lived in a cave in the Altai mountains in southern Siberia. Her life was short; she died in her early teens, but she stands at a unique point in human evolution. She is the first known hybrid of two different kinds of ancient humans: the Neanderthals and the Denisovans.
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Most said they want to act on their desire someday. But do open relationships actually work?
- The study involved 822 Americans who were in monogamous relationships at the time.
- Participants answered questions about their personalities, sexual fantasies, and intentions to act on those fantasies.
- Research suggests practicing consent, comfort, and communication makes open relationships more likely to succeed.
Consensual non-monogamy fantasies<p>For the new study, published in <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-020-01788-7" target="_blank">Archives of Sexual Behavior</a>, researchers asked 822 people in monogamous relationships to:</p><ul><li>Describe their favorite sexual fantasy, defined as "mental images you have while you are awake that you find to be sexually arousing or erotic."</li><li>Select which themes apply to that fantasy, such as having sex with multiple people at the same time, experimenting with taboos, or engaging in a sexually open relationship.</li><li>Answer whether they intended to carry out these fantasies, and discuss them with their partner.</li><li>Complete assessments on relationship satisfaction, erotophilia and personality, as measured by the Big Five Personality inventory.</li></ul><p>The results showed that 32.6 percent of participants said being part of a sexually open relationship was "part of their favorite sexual fantasy of all time." More surprising is that, of that one-third, 80 percent said they want to act on this fantasy in the future.</p>
Pretzelpaws via Wikipedia Commons<p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The present research confirms the important distinction between sexual fantasy and sexual desire in that not everyone wanted to act on their favorite sexual fantasy of all time," study author Justin J. Lehmiller told <a href="https://www.psypost.org/2020/09/one-third-of-people-in-monogamous-relationships-fantasize-about-being-in-some-type-of-open-relationship-study-suggests-58102" target="_blank">PsyPost</a>. "This suggests that fantasies may serve different functions for different people."</p><p>Even though most participants said they want to act out their fantasy in the future, far fewer reported acting out sexual fantasies in the past. Other findings included:</p><ul><li>Men were more likely to fantasize about CNMRs.</li><li>So were people who scored high in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotophilia#:~:text=Erotophilia%20is%20a%20personality%20trait,ranging%20from%20erotophobia%20to%20erotophilia." target="_blank">erotophilia</a> and sociosexual orientation.</li><li>The psychological predictors of fantasizing about CNMRs differed from predictors about infidelity fantasies.</li></ul>
Do open relationships work?<p>A <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00224499.2019.1669133" target="_blank">2019 study</a> from psychologists at the University of Rochester suggests it <em>is </em>possible<em>, </em>but especially when both partners practice a trio of behaviors: consent, communication, and comfort — or, the Triple-C Model.<br></p>But the study also suggests not all forms of open relationships are equally viable. For example, people in one-sided CNMRs — where one partner stays monogamous, the other seeks outside sexual relationships — were nearly three times more dissatisfied in their relationships than the monogamous group <em>and </em>the consensual non-monogamous group.
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