What’s the difference? Fresh ramen versus instant ramen comparison

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Instant noodle soups have long been a friend to college kids, but perhaps not to our overall health. Processed beyond belief and with a shelf life of years, and full of tBHQ (an unhealthy preservative) – it’s no surprise that the leading packaged instant ramen brands are on the naughty list when it comes to easy meals. In fact, a 2014 study found that women who ate instant ramen noodles at least twice a week had a 68% higher risk for metabolic syndrome. Disgusting. So..what’s the difference fresh ramen versus instant ramen comparison is our answer to eating better.

Our fresh, traditional Japanese Ramen Kits are out to change the landscape of ramen. We are delivering on the promise you CAN get a fresh ramen experience at home! Our desire for chewy noodles swimming in rich broth for a truly Japanese ramen experience is the goal. We often get asked what sets our Ramen Kits apart from the cheaper ramen kits you can use as filler to repair kitchen sinks!

Hakubaku Ramen Does Not Contain MSG or tBHQ

Both of these acronymous additives have developed sinister reputations for the health-conscious consumer, and are found in a wide range of processed foods, including the leading instant noodle soup brands. Hakubaku Ramen kits do not contain either substance and here’s why:

Tertiary butylhydroquinone (mercifully shortened to tBHQ) is a synthetic antioxidant that is used to extend the shelf life of foods. Some possible dangers have reported vision disturbances in humans who have consumed tBHQ and neurotoxic effects in animals exposed to the substance. A study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest also found increased incidents of tumors in rats linked to tBHQ. These studies are on going but are concerning.

Monosodium Glutamate (aka MSG) is a widely used flavor enhancer. While naturally-occurring glutamates imbue some of our favorite foods with a rich umami flavor, extracted MSG debates rage about this widely used ingredient – we prefer to keep it off our ingredients list and focus on true Japanese traditional taste.

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Hakubaku Ramen Contains More Protein than instant lunch noodle soups

Packing a protein-rich punch with a healthy 12g of Protein (22% of your daily value), our Tonkotsu Ramen Kit makes for a quick post-workout boost for carbo-loaders. Protein is essential to build and repair tissue in our bodies and is an important building block of muscles, cartilage, bones, skin, and blood. By contrast, the leading brand of dried instant ramen noodle soup contains only 5g of protein.

True Japanese Fresh Ramen noodles are best

Fresh noodles without preservatives are best!

Fresh noodles give you the option to cook them to the proper texture for a REAL ramen experience. Ask anyone that loves ramen- it’s the springy noodles that make the bowl enjoyable. Try fresh ramen today buy trying these Kaedama noodles or Restaurant Fresh ramen kits.


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