Could Processed Ramen Noodles Survive Armageddon? (video)

When an artist and a medical researcher collaborate to answer the question of how digestion of processed and all natural food differ for a TedxManhattan fellowship, the result is a disturbing video and lots more questions.

For the experiment Dr. Braden Kuo of Harvard University and artist Stephani Barden video taped the digestion of two subjects who ate two different meals:

  • Blue Gatorade, Top Ramen Chicken, and Gummy Bears
  • “Hibiscus Gatorade” (?), homemade chicken stock with homemade noodles, and pomegranate/cherry juice gummy bears.

After two hours, the shape of the artificial raman noodles was still discernible, as was the blue tint of the subjects gastrointestinal track. Stephani explained that petrochemical origin of the blue dye explained it’s longevity and made the statement inspiring the post title that processed ramen is “designed to survive Armageddon” while homemade ramen is designed to be eaten.

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Teresa W.
Teresa W.about a year ago

Maybe Jehovah's Witnesses should start buying them?

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

I haven't had Ramen noodles in years!! It has way too much salt in them. I must admit, I used to love them, though.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

Most people don't even think about it, and once they realize, a lot of them just don't care. I'm glad I'm not one of those people.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim4 years ago

Ew... But those instant ramen are so yummy... lol. But then again, your health is more important :) Thanks for sharing the information.

Jay Williamson
Jay w4 years ago

eww really thats what it does to our insides seriously starting to understand why processed foods are so frowned on

Mae R.
Simira R.4 years ago

I understand Lydia P.'s point., but it is good to be informed as to what is actually in the food we consume. I do want to know after all it is my body!

Carole H.
Carole Hagen4 years ago

Thanks for this article---very interesting!

Daphne H.
Daphne H.4 years ago

Hey, if the 'shelf life' is eternity what do you expect?

Meta R.
Meta Reid4 years ago

...And here I thought Twinkies is what we were supposed to survive on.....

Carol P.
Carol P.4 years ago

This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone.