Indomie Noodles: Class of Food, Ingredients, Recipes, Calories, Side Effects , Types and Flavours.  Is Indomie Healthy? What is Indomie noodles made of?

Indomie noodles owned by an Indonesian company started production in Nigeria in 1995 and since then, has become a staple food and an household name. Children love it. Adults love it. The noodles is now as popular as bread and tea in our food menu.

I decided to dig deep into Indomie noodles today. I want to unravel one hidden facts about this meal.

I am writing this article under the following headers:

~what is indomie made of
~calories in Indomie noodles
~calories in indomie noodles without seasoning
~ is Indomie healthy?
~what class of food is indomie?
~Indomie ingredients
~Different Types of Noodles in Nigeria
~Indomie flavors ranked
~Is Indomie good for weight loss?
~Can pregnant women eat Indomie?
~Can Indomie noodles make one gain weight?
~Can Indomie Cause Cancer?

Indomie noodles
Yummy and balanced Indomie meal with chicken eggs and vegetables.

What is indomie made of? Indomie Ingredients

It is made from flour.It is fortified with vitamin A, B1, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid and iron. It is very high in calories bit low in fibre and proteins.

Indomie Noodles Ingredients: Wheat flour, Vegetable oil (refined palm oil contains antioxidant E319), Iodised salt, Humectant (E452), Acidity regulator (E500, E501), Thickener (E412) and Colour (E1010)

Seasoning Powder Ingredients: Iodised salt, flavour enhancer (E621, E627, E631), Sugar, Yeast extract, soy powder, Ginger powder, Spices, Garlic powder, Chicken flavour, and Chilli powder

What class of food is indomie noodles?

Indomie is not a balanced diet. It is mainly a carbohydrate diet with some fortifications with vitamins and minerals. You can make it a balanced diet by adding other ingredients to it. Check the recipes below.

Indomie Recipes

MAIN RECIPES
▪️2 packs of noodles (Indomie 150g)
▪️1 cooking spoon vegetable oil
▪️Indomie mixed spices
▪️Pepper (to taste)
▪️1 Onion bulb
▪️1/2 tsp Curry powder
▪️1/2 tsp Dried thyme
▪️Pinch of Salt

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS/RECIPES
▪️2 Raw eggs
▪️1 tsp Crayfish
▪️2 Fresh tomatoes
▪️1/2 tsp garlic and ginger
▪️Meat/fish stock
▪️Protein of choice: (shreded chicken, shredded beef, sliced sausage, shredded fish, coined beef, chopped liver, shrimps/prawns, suya or sardines)
▪️Veggies of choice: (red/yellow/green bell pepper, green peas, green beans, spring onions, carrots, sweet corns, or cabbage)
▪️Leaf of choice: (pumpkin leaf, scent leaf, curry leaf or bay leaf)

ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS
▪️Noodles of choice
▪️Veggies of choice
▪️Onion of choice
▪️Spices of choice
▪️Fried or boiled eggs
▪️Fresh or dry pepper
▪️Vegetable oil or butter
▪️Fresh or dried garlic/ginger

Indomie flavours ranked

Indomie noodles comes on different types and flavors for you to choose from. Currently, there are about 49 flavours of Indomie instant noodle variants available in the market, with some variants production has been discontinued or withdrawn from the market.

I ranked the flavours available in Nigerian markets below:

👉Indomie Chicken Pepper Soup
👉Indomie Oriental Fried Noodles
👉Indomie Chicken Flavour
👉Indomie Onion Chicken Flavour
👉Indomie Relish
👉Indomie Jollof – Withdrawn from the market
👉Indomie Instant Cup – Removed from the market
👉Indomie Pepper Chicken – withdrawn from the market

Different types of Indomie in Nigeria

A. Based on Flavour
💠Indomie Chicken Pepper Soup
💠Indomie Oriental Fried Noodles
💠Indomie Chicken Flavour
💠Indomie Onion Chicken Flavour
💠Indomie Relish

B. Based on Sizes and Calories
💠Small size: 320kcal
💠Super pack: 540kcal
💠Hungryman Size: 860kcal
💠Belle full: 1200kcal

Calories in Indomie

Indomie instant noodles is rich in calories as you can see below.

💠Small size: 320kcal
💠Super pack: 540kcal
💠Hungryman Size: 860kcal
💠Belle full: 1200kcal

What are Calories in Indomie noodles without seasoning

Many people will are on a weight loss diet plan or persons who do not want to gain weight from eating indomie usually ask me this question. Well, eating Indomie with out without the seasoning sincerely does not reduce or increase the calories. With or without seasoning, Indomie is a high calorie diet that will make you gain weight.

Can Indomie noodles make one gain weight?

Yes. Indomie is low in proteins and fibre but very high in calories. It is protein and fibres that drives satiety that is, fill the stomach. Since Indomie is low in fibre and proteins, you have a tendency to eat more and the more you eat these high calorie noodles, the higher the chances of making you fat(gain weight).

Is Indomie good for weight loss?

No. Please if you want to lose weight, don’t had Indomie noodles to your meal plan at all. Indomie has not been shown to aid weight loss. It rather helps you gain weight because of its high calories.

Is Indomie good for pregnant women?

Of course yes but with a caveat. Indomie is very low in nutrients and is usually not recommended for pregnant women because of the higher nutritional demand. It is better for them to eat real food rich in all the six classes of food —i mean a balanced diet. Pregnant women that want to eat Indomie noodles should add vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and crayfish to make it more nutritious.

Can Indomie Cause cancer?

Foods that are low in fibre have been shown to spend longer and the colon and increase the transit time (takes longer for the waste product to be passed out as faeces). Foods that have long transit time such as Indomie and spaghetti have to shown to be a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Some medical experts also think that eating raw Indomie may cause cancer.

Is Indomie healthy?

This is a million dollar question. Indomie is not all that healthy because it is lacking in essential nutrients especially for children and pregnant women. Well indomie is said to contain a lot of MSG. And most people have suggested rinsing it after boiling to reduce it. Also, some nutrition experts recommend adding vegetables and proteins like egg or meat, while consuming noodles. This is to make it more nutritious and minimize the side effects that may have been triggered by MSG toxicity or allergies.

Side effects of Indomie 

Indomie instant noodles has its side effects which include:

1. Constipation: This is due to the fact that noodles contains low fibre and hardly forms bulk in the intestines.

2. Indomie seasoning contains phenylalanine, so individuals suffering from phenylketonuria, an inborn error of metabolism, should avoid the seasoning. Otherwise,cooking it with the seasoning may worsen symptoms.

3. Malnutrition: Growing your children on Indomie only diet can lead to protein energy malnutrition such as kwashiokor and marasmus . Indomie is not a balanced diet.

4. Indomie also contains monosodium glutamate (MSG) popularly known in Nigerian parlance as “white maggi”. Indomie seasoning and Ajinomoto are some examples of seasonings that contains MSG. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the additives (taste enhancer) used in food industries. MSG is widely used in Nigeria today as a spice despite the adverse effect on health that has been reported, based on researches done. Some of the common side effects of MSG include:

💠Flushing
💠Headache
💠Sweating
💠Nausea
💠Facial pressure or tightness.
💠Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
💠Rapid heart beats
💠Chest pain
💠Vomiting
💠Diarrhoea
💠Hives
💠Wheals

Preparation of Indomie is beyond the scope of this article. Kindly look at the pack for instructions. You can spice it up to your taste with the above mentioned recipes/ingredients.

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