“Mumma give me something tasty, quickly, I am very hungry!” These were words I had spoken so often as a child and now as a mother, I hear it too.
Invariably that was code word for Maggi noodles. Ma used to heap it up with stir fry veggies. There was always that attempt to get the most out of every meal. Now, as a mother, I get it!
We want our kids to be well fed, healthy and to indulge them in their favourite treats from time to time. This is essential to break the monotony of everyday food and add to a well-rounded palate.
That being said, as a mother, I wanted to get the low down to make a fully informed decision. Yes, we have grown up on it – Camps, stayovers and boarding school was incomplete without it. But, can I offer it to my child? My kids are a little too little yet for packaged food, but sooner or later, it will feature on their treat list.
Instant noodles are tagged to be high carb high fat options. But, what is their fat content in relation to balanced diet? A balanced diet does not cut out any food group. ICMR states 50-60% of total calories in a day should come from carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from fat. The MAGGI Oat noodles variant provides energy from carbohydrates (56%), protein (10%) and fats (33%).
ICMR further states that the total fat in the diet should provide between 20-30% of total calories. I looked it up and the fat content per serve (per pack) in the various MAGGI noodles is 11-13g which is about 1/5th of your total fat requirement and well within the recommended proportions.
For comparison purposes, you may be surprised to know that a 100g aalo parantha can have upto 13g of fat, a grilled cheese sandwich has upto 25g of fat and a creamy pasta can have upto 20g of fat.
Now, let’s take a look at the 5-step cooking process.
- The process starts with steaming the noodle cake.
- It is then baked
- The cake is now ready for a quick fry of 1.5min to eliminate moisture and increase the shelf life.
- The noodles are cooled, dried and then packed
- Last step is the 2-min cooking you do at home and it is ready to serve.
In life they say moderation is key. A balanced diet, an active lifestyle which includes a 30-min workout a day and a positive outlook are key to a healthy happy life. With this view in mind, a toleration of all food and food groups does indeed make our life and diet more well-rounded.