did you know … instant noodles

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 Instant noodle

Instant noodles have become quite popular in many countries around the world, including the United States.  Apart from being relatively cheap and widely available, they are also easily prepared.

The instant noodle was invented by Momofuku Ando of Nissin Foods in Japan and was launched in 1958 under the brand name Chikin Ramen. The product proved to be quite profitable, but in 1971 Nissin introduced Cup Noodles, a dried noodle block in a polystyrene cup – this was a new beginning.  However:

  • A single serving of instant noodles is high in carbohydrates and fat, but low in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Instant noodles contain substances that reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from healthy foods – affects the digestion process.
  • Typical cup-type instant noodles contain 2,700 mg of sodium and the maximum sodium intake per day should be 2,400 mg.
  • They are high in MSG (monosodium glutamate) which can trigger cancer.
  • Instant noodles contain anti-freeze such as propylene glycol – affects the liver, heart and kidneys.
  • Long term consumption can affect the body’s metabolism.
  • Instant noodles are a major cause of obesity.

Apart from these health risks, instant noodles are also low in nutritional value – certainly not the best food to prepare for yourself or your family.

Gemma Tillack, Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network

We need you to take action now to protect one of the most important rainforests on Earth.

This week, the threats that Conflict Palm Oil poses to the Leuser Ecosystem were exposed by HBO’s documentary series Vice. With more awareness of this potential catastrophe than ever before, now we must stop the bulldozers destroying this priceless ecosystem in their tracks.

Will you raise your voice today to stop the bulldozers that are destroying the rainforests and peatlands of the Leuser Ecosystem?

The Leuser Ecosystem is an expanse of critically intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peatlands. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side.

A moratorium is urgently needed to halt the destruction of rainforests and peatlands for palm oil expansion in this global biodiversity hotspot.

The Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Palm oil plantations threaten its lowland rainforests and peatlands, as well as the continued wellbeing of the millions of Acehnese people who depend on it for their food, water and livelihoods.

We must convince three big buyers of palm oil to break any ties to companies that continue to expand and destroy rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem. The palm oil traders most at risk of trafficking Conflict Palm Oil sourced from the Leuser Ecosystem — Musim Mas Group, Wilmar International and Golden Agri-Resources — must take immediate action.

These three traders supply palm oil to the Snack Food 20, placing us at risk of Conflict Palm Oil making its way into our homes. Six months ago we exposed the risks in these companies’ supply chain. These companies have all adopted leading commitments and are starting to take action. But the threat to the Leuser is immediate, and the consequences would be devastating and irreversible: we simply can not afford to delay driving real change on the ground in the Leuser Ecosystem.

Call on these three palm oil traders to enforce an immediate moratorium on the clearance of rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem today.

With your help we will protect this global treasure for generations to come.


Long live the Leuser!
Gemma Tillack


Tell the NRA: Stay out of our doctor’s offices

This year, gun deaths are set to surpass car accidents as the leading cause of death of young people for the first time ever. Take action by signing this petition from Everytown and Daily Kos asking your governor to allow pediatricians to have life-saving conversations with parents about safe gun storage.

NRA-backed bills have been introduced all over the country to punish pediatricians who ask parents whether they have guns in their homes and to prohibit doctors from recording this information in medical files.

The American Medical Association, the country’s biggest association of physicians, has come out against these “gag order” laws because research has shown that parents who talk about gun storage with their children’s pediatricians are more likely to adopt safe and responsible gun storage practices.

It’s a doctor’s duty to ask questions about things that affect their patients’ health and well-being. That’s why the medical community considers talking to parents about safe firearm storage just as important as discussing the risks associated with swimming pools, second-hand smoke, and riding without car seats or seat belts.

Keep the NRA out of doctor’s offices. Join Everytown and Daily Kos in asking your governor to allow pediatricians to have life-saving conversations with parents about safe gun storage.

Keep fighting,
Monique Teal, Daily Kos