Indomie – Calories, Q&A, Dieting, Side effects & Recipes
You probably have some Nagging questions about Indomie instant noodles.
Well, today is a good day.
Because I have compiled and answered all of your most asked questions about indomie noodles.
And I didn't stop there, I also provide you with a healthier delicious Indomie recipe as "thank you for coming".
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Just click on the questions you need answers to and you'll be "automagically" taken to the answer.
Frequently asked questions about Indomie noodles.
Here are the frequently most asked questions about indomie instant noodles:
What is Indomie?
Indomie is a brand of "pre-cooked" noodle, which is sold in individual packets. Each packet contains a square-shaped block of dried noodles and a packet of seasoning and(or) oil.
You can cook or soak the block of noodles in hot water with the seasoning before eating it.
Although there are many other brands of instant noodles in Nigeria. However, Indomie is the most popular of them all.
It is interesting to know that Indomie is own by an Indonesian company (Indofood) and it is distributed in Australia, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Europe, and Middle Eastern countries.
Indomie Nutrition Facts
Here's the nutritional value of Indomie Instant noodles...
70g small size contains:
- Calories: 320 calories (kcal)
- Carbohydrates: 58 g
- Protein: 7 g
- Total Fat: 0.65g
- Saturated Fat: 8g
- Dietary Fibre: 1.2 g
- Sodium: 1180mg
- Sugars: 0.4g
- Vitamin A: 20% of the RDI
- Thiamin: 15% of the RDI
- Pentothenate: 4% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 20% of the RDI
- Vitamin B12: 6% of the RDI
- Calcium: 2% of the RDI
- Vitamin D: 15% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 8% of the RDI
- Niacin: 2% of the RDI
- Folic acid: 15% of the RDI
- Iron: 8% of the RDI
RDI means Recommended Dietary Intake. And note the RDI values are based on 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories In Indomie (Different sizes)
Here are the 3 sizes of Indomie calories. That is calories in small size indomie, calories in indomie super pack and calories in Hungry Man size indomie...
Net weight (in g)
NB: These are "indomie chicken" calories. So, that means the calorie content of the additional oil that comes with other flavours is not accounted for.
What Is Indomie Noodles Made of?
Here is the complete list of ingredients used in making Indomie noodles.
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
Seasoning Oil Ingredients: Onion and Refined palm oil
After the noodles have been made in the factory, they are then steamed, dried and packaged (1).
Does indomie noodles make one gain weight?/ is indomie fattening?
Eating indomie does not directly cause you to gain weight, BUT it can Indirectly cause you to. Here's why...
You see, indomie is a bit high in calories, low in protein and very low in fibre.
That simply means that eating a noodle won't make most people full for long. And if you happen to eat more than one or one of the other big papa sizes, you'll still be hungry again in no time.
And this can lead you to consume more calories than you need, which will cause you to gain weight over time.
Is Eating Indomie Healthy?
The quick and straightforward answer is NO. So, why is indomie noodles harmful? Well, there are many reasons it can be bad for your health. Here are some of them:
Low in nutrients: Most of the calories in indomie comes from refined wheat and oil. And they contain a low amount of vitamins and minerals.
Contains too much sodium: Indomie contains a high amount of sodium content (salt). As it is, we already consume more than enough sodium already from eating too much processed foods. And a high sodium diet increases your risk of having high blood pressure [source].
Contain MSG: MSG or monosodium glutamate (E621) is a common food additive found in many processed foods. It's used to enhance flavour. You see, MSG can cause an adverse reaction including headaches, nausea, asthma, hives, swelling, and nasal inflammation in some people.
Also, some research has linked MSG to higher risk of metabolic syndrome in women.
In essence, the effect of indomie on human health can be bad when eaten too much.
Does Eating Raw Indomie Cause Cancer?
Unfortunately, eating raw noodles can increase your chances of getting cancer. Here's why...
You see, the main ingredients and chemical preservative in noodles can become "more" toxic in the body if they are not boiled before eating.
They can trigger cells to grow abnormally, which slowly turn into cancerous cells.
Some other effects of eating raw indomie includes tooth decay, constipation, sore throat and more.
If you must eat noodles, it's best you cook them before eating.
Is indomie noodles good for a pregnant woman?
The brief and obvious answer is NO.
The reason is simple:
As a pregnant woman, eating whole nutritious food is of utmost importance for proper baby development. And as we know, noodles are low in nutrients and full of refined ingredients and chemical additives.
This is not just my opinion. Many medical experts also advice against eating noodles while pregnant.
And if you must eat noodles, make sure you add vegetables and a good protein source to it.
Indomie Noodles Side Effects
- muscle tightness
- nasal inflammation
- weight gain
- Metabolic syndrome (in women).
- high blood pressure
- Brain issues (still debatable)
How to make Indomie healthier and less fattening
The simple trick to make your noodles healthier and less fattening is simply to eat half the noodles you normally eat and throw in some veggies and a good protein source.
This helps to reduce the number of calories and boost both nutritional value and the feeling of fullness.
Also, Skip the oil. No need to add any more oil because indomie is already produced with a lot of oil.
Okay, it's time for me to show you how to make a healthier version of indomie...
Healthier Indomie Recipie
Prep time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 min
- 1 Packet of Indomie
- 1 cup uncooked shrimp (cleaned)
- 1 tablespoon coconut/olive oil
- 2 Fresh tomatoes
- 1 onions
- 1 Red pepper
- 1 carrot
- 1 handful of green peas
- Chop your onions, tomatoes, pepper and carrots. Put them in a bowl and set aside.
- Add about 2 glasses of water into a pot and let it boil.
- Put just the noodles (without the seasoning) into the boiling water and let it cook for about 3 minutes. And set aside
- Place a frying pan on high heat, and add in your coconut/olive oil.
- Add your shrimps into the frying pan and let all sides cook for about two minutes. Then add in your chopped onions, tomatoes, pepper, carrots and green peas.
- Stir-fry for another minute, then add in noodle seasoning and then your boiled noodles.
- Mix everything thoroughly and then serve.
- You can substitute the vegetables with any other vegetable of your choice.
Eating Indomie (or any other instant noodles) every once in a while is perfectly okay.
Just don't eat them too much and too often because they are low in nutrients and can have a negative effect on your weight and health.
Also, when eating your noodles try to toss in some veggies and a high-quality protein source to bump up the nutrition profile.
You can check out the recipe above for inspiration.