It’s hard to spend time in Nigeria and not become hooked to Indomie Noodles. Since their introduction into the country in 1995, Indomie Noodles have become a household name and Nigerians eat them by the bucket load. There’s even a football team named after Indomie! Despite the enthusiasm for all things Indomie, Nigerians are beginning to ask how many calories are in Indomie Noodles and can they ever be considered as being nutritional? In our article below, we explore whether there’s any truth behind Indomie’s slogan “Tasty Nutrition, Good For You”.
Before we explore whether Indomie Noodles are calorific, we need to understand first what is a calorie. In simple terms, humans require energy to survive and this energy comes from food. Calories are a unit of energy. This sounds perfectly innocent so what’s the catch? Well, the problem is having too many calories and failing to burn them off through physical exercise is likely to lead to weight gain. Different types of foods have different amounts of calories. We’ll take a look at how many calories are in Indomie Noodles in section 3 below.
There’s no thick and fast rules on how many calories you should have during each day. The exact amount depends on various different lifestyle factors including your age, size and lifestyle. According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), girls should look to have around 2,000 Kilocalories (Kcal) a day not to put on weight. For guys, that figure is around 2,500Kcal.
Perhaps you are wondering how many calories are in a pack of Indomie noodles? This is a tricky question. The reason being that the amount of calories can vary greatly between the size of packs and different flavors (pepper chicken, onion chicken, chicken etc.). However, as an example, a standard 70g pack of chicken flavor Indomie Noodles equates to 321Kcal (see picture to the right). Now, keep in mind that many Nigerians would tend to eat at least two packets in one serving – that’s a whopping total of 642Kcal per meal.
Now, keep in mind that the figures above are for Indomie Noodles without oil. You would be consuming additional calories if your meal of Indomie Noodles was fried in oil with vegetables, chicken or meat.
Assuming that you eat two packs of Indomie Noodles without cooking them in oil or adding any additional ingredients, we would simply point out that 642Kcal is nearly a third of the recommended daily intake of calories for girls and a quarter of the recommended daily intake of calories for guys! For some additional context, 642Kcal is more calories than a McDonalds Big Mac (530Kcal) or two Chicken Breasts at KFC (640Kcal). The bottom line – there’s no way of getting away from the fact that Indomie Noodles contain a high level of calories.
Yes, Indomie Noodles are high in calories but are there at least some nutritional or heath benefits? Let’s check out the facts with the example we used above of a 70g pack of chicken flavor Indomie Noodles. The pack contains the following:
Dufil, the Nigerian manufacturer of Indomie Noodles, proudly states that Indomie won a Certificate of Endorsement from the Nigerian Society of Nutrition in 2006. What’s more, Dufil’s website claims that a pack of 70g chicken flavor Indomie Noodles contains “essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, Thaimine, Pantothenate, vitamine B6, B12, calcium, vitamin D, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic acid, and Iron”. Interestingly, the pack that we bought did not contain reference to any of these essential vitamins and minerals and therefore such claims should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt (excuse the pun!) for the time being.
The Final Word: No one can deny that Indomie Noodles are tasty. Really tasty. However, given their high levels of calories, salt and saturated fat, perhaps Nigerians should start thinking of them more as a fast food product rather than an every day meal. Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think…