Ching’s noodles have one of the strongest promotional strategies in India and have been very popular recently because of that. Ching’s is an Indian brand owned by Capital foods and has introduced Ching’s noodles in the market with the sole aim of targeting people who love Chinese foods especially Chinese noodles. It can be described as a quick meal that is actually very tasty because of its availability of flavors ( Ching’s Hot garlic noodles, Ching’s Schezwan noodles, Ching’s curry noodles and Ching’s pad that noodles ) in the market.
So, today in this article we will be reviewing Ching’s noodles by looking at their ingredients and will be analyzing if it is safe for health compared to the other brands available in the market. Let’s begin.
Ingredients in Ching’s noodles
- Wheat flour
- Refined palm oil
- Gelling Agent E508
- Wheat gluten
- Emulsifying agent E452(i)
- Acidity regulator E501(i)
- Raising agent E500(ii)
- Antioxidant E319
- Seasoning mix
- Flavor enhancer E635
- Anticaking agent E551
- Yeast extract
- Sunflower oil
- Acidity regulator E330 ( in seasoning mix )
Nutritional information ( 60g) of Ching’s noodle
Just like any other instant noodles, Ching’s noodles contain wheat flour as their prime ingredient for the preparation of the noodles. Eating too much flour is not all good for health but if you are preparing noodles and adding veggies and side salads to it then it may not be considered that harmful. Eating wheat or maida in a balanced amount is always recommended.
Refined palm oil
Refined palm oil is used in almost all food items nowadays to make it cost-effective. I have already mentioned how harmful palm oil is for our health in my previous articles. Palm oil contains high amounts of saturated fats which leads to heart-related problems, cancer, hair problem and obesity. You can clearly see in the nutritional information mentioned above that there is almost 1.1g saturated fat in 2.3g of total fat which is really high. Instant noodles are always deep-fried so that they can be easily prepared and in Ching’s case, they use palm oil in deep frying these noodles.
Amount of salt
One packet of Ching’s noodles contains about 234mg of salt which can be considered a permissible amount if you are consuming one packet. The daily requirement of salt in our body is 2000g and Ching’s actually took good care of this. Generally, noodles contain a high amount of sodium ( 800-900mg) but Ching’s contain only 234mg which is actually great. Ching’s noodles easily outshine their competitors in the aspect of the amount of salt because of the presence of gelling agent E508. This gelling agent is also known as potassium chloride and can be considered a replacement for salt.
Emulsifying agent E452 is mentioned in the packaging of Ching’s noodles which is not that harmful to our health. Some studies show that people might face skin irritation due to the excessive consumption of this agent.
Acidity regulator 501
Acidity regulators are added to a product to maintain the shelf-life of the product. The acidity regulator 501 or grass jelly used in Ching’s noodles maintains the PH of the noodles as well as provides it with a Chinese taste. Excessive consumption of this acidity regulator may cause nausea and diarrhea among children.
Raising agent 500 and Antioxidant 319
Raising agent is nothing but baking soda in simple terms. Basically, this raising agent provides a soft texture to the needles making it enjoyable.
Antioxidant 319 also known as tertiary butyl hydroquinone is not good for your health. Excessive consumption of this antioxidant may lead to sudden behavioral changes among children and may even lead to cancer in adults. If you are pregnant or a lactating mom you should definitely consult your doctor before consuming these noodles.
The seasoning mix mainly contains spices which include garlic powder, salt, chili, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, turmeric, cornflour, tomato powder and many more to provide the Chinese flavor. Some vegetables are also found in the seasoning mix.
Flavor enhancer 635
Flavor enhancer 635 is a food additive that is not as harmful as monosodium glutamate and is used as the Chinese taste enhancer. Compared to MSG it has fewer side effects and can be considered if consumed in moderate amounts. Soy sauce and soybean are added to further enhance the taste.
Now as you know the side effects and meaning of the ingredients used in Ching’s noodles you can yourself determine whether it is safe for our health or not. People with allergies to wheat, soy, peanuts, sesame seeds and milk should definitely stay away from this product. The calories found in 1 packet is 72 which is actually reasonable compared to other instant noodles available in the market. The amount of total fat is less but the amount of saturated fat in it is high. The amount of carbohydrates is also moderate and sugar is almost negligible.
Coming to the conclusion if you are consuming Ching’s noodles occasionally along with other veggies they can be considered safe for health. No more than one pack in a day is recommended. Controlled eating is always the key to a healthy life.
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