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Maruchan Ramen

in Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes

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2.67 / 5 (6 reviews)

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Mike Barney
( eaglemb )

AZ, the Great Southwest!
Maruchan Ramen on 11/24/2006 20:22:02 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

This is an easy to fix, versatile meal that you can use for a snack, or the basis for a meal at 380 calories with the addition of your favorite veggies, meat or other tasty delights. It comes with flavoring which you may or may not use, but can add a little to the meal. It also makes a nice change to some of the more interesting freeze dried meals when you add the two.

It's also pretty high in the energy density department, at 125 cal/oz.

The only thing I don't like about Ramen is the salt content. One package contains 66% of RDA for Sodium, high if you're attempting to limit sodium intake.

Alan Marcum
( ammpilot )

SF Bay Area
Loaded with MSG on 06/08/2007 17:20:39 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 1 / 5

Be careful with this stuff. Much of that sodium is from MSG, and many, including I, are very sensitive to MSG, especially in the quantities in stuff like this.

kevin davidson
( kdesign )

Mythical State of Jefferson
MSG--the staff of life on 06/09/2007 13:43:46 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Have to say that this is the base for many a backcountry meal of mine. Perhaps because of the narcotic addiction of it's MSG and all that salt, it actually is always palatable to me even when my appetite is suppressed by extreme tiredness or by mundane repetition of my other foods.

Consult your doctor before taking. Known side effects include obsessive-compulsive consumption of water, bloating, minor headaches, and tongue numbness.

I like the "Roast Chicken" flavor.

adam wilson
( hunter762 )

horrible stuff for you! on 08/19/2007 15:28:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 1 / 5

im sorry i cant back this at all...i know its cheap and quick to make but the sodium levels are way to high. I most adults i know need more than one pack to feel "full" so your only multiplying the junk your putting in your system the more you eat.

Margaret Snyder
( jetcash )

Southern Arizona
Toss the packet, keep the noodle block. on 08/24/2007 22:49:45 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

As most have stated above, the high sodium and possible MSG makes these noodles a sketchy trail food. The noodles are a good deal, though. Usually they are 10 packs for $1 or something right? So ditch the flavoring and use just the noodles with some dehydrated veggies or your own sauce concoction. Even if the block gets smashed in your pack it's still edible. Even tastes good uncooked from time to time. When I was a kid we weren't even allowed to have Ramen in the house cuz my mom hated it. Thanks mom, but I'll make do without the flavor pack and keep heart disease at bay.

Sarah Kirkconnell
( sarbar )

In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Just toss the "flavor" packet on 09/08/2007 08:56:23 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I use the noodles as a base. If you use them as "instant pasta" you will have fast and easy meals. I take the ramen block and 1/4 cup of freeze dried vegetables, then cover with boiling water (in a quart freezer bag, works in a pot as well). Drain off most of the water when ready. I toss with olive oil, Parmesan cheese and whatever spices I want.
Chicken or dried hamburger is good also.

The majority of the sodium is in that little packet. The noodles themselves are pretty low overall.

So as long you don't use the packet, all is good!

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