Indomie Noodles are High in Calories, But Can They Ever Be Nutritional?

Indomie Nooles Calories Nutrition

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”.

1. The Idiot’s Guide to Calories

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.

2. How Many Calories Should You Have a Day?

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.

3. How Many Calories are in Indomie Noodles?

Description of Nutritional Contents and Calories in Indomie Noodles

Nutritional Information Provided on Back of 70g Packet of Chicken Flavored Indomie Noodles

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.

4. Can Indomie Noodles Still be Considered Nutritional?

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:

  • 5g of saturated fat. A diet, which has a lot of saturated fat, can cause an increase in cholesterol in the blood over time. The UK’s NHS recommends that girls eat no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. For guys, no more than 30g should be eaten a day. This means that a whopping third of your daily amount of saturated fat is consumed when you consume two 70g packs of chicken flavored Indomie Noodles in one sitting.
  • 3g of sodium (aka salt). If salt is eaten in large quantities, it can result in raised blood pressure which, in turn, leads to an increased risk in heart problems. According to the UK’s NHS, adults should not eat more than 6g of salt a day. This means that two packs of 70g Indomie Noodles chicken flavor are equivalent to nearly half the recommended daily salt intake.

 5. What does the Manufacturer of Indomie Noodles Have to Say? 

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…

5 Comments

  1. Tobechukwu

    June 29, 2015 at 12:30 am

    So one should not eat more than one indomie per day

  2. Gideon

    August 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Indomie is Good but in the case of salt content, it is pretty unhealthy. Some Nigerians would consume 3 packs at once!

  3. Archibong

    January 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I just finish 3 packs of Onion flavor now, Oh not yet finished!
    Dose that mean I am taking in 963Kcal this morning? Wow! That’s awesome, considering my quest to adding up in within a blink.

    Thanks to the Indomie makers ‘Dufil Prima’

  4. Eniten

    July 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Tnks to this . I will eat a minimum of two indomie hungry man packs a day… I need that calorie so much.. And yes I would Blanche the salt intake too.

  5. Cathy

    February 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    There are better sources of nutrient dense calories that does spike your blood sugar and increase your craving for unhealthy foods. If your goal is to gain weight and whole grains,fruits and vegetables. Indomie does nothing for you quiet frankly. ….

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