Ramen Cravings Still an Thrive in Japan despite Potential Health Issues

The Land of the Rising Sun is home to some of the world’s most iconic dishes. A lot of food enthusiasts from different parts of the globe are looking forward to visit the country in order to personally enjoy the wide selection of Japanese cuisines and the one of a kind gastronomic experience that they provide. In fact, Japan is regarded as one of the top foodie destination not only in Asia but in a universal scale.


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Among the most well loved Japanese foods are sushi, sashimi, tempura and ramen. Since winter season is fast approaching in Japan, the most popular and sought after dish for both locals and foreigners in the country is the hot bowl oframen. Their love for ramen is already well engrained in Japan’s culture and tradition.


However, the Japanese craving for hot ramen is ought to be controlled according to a paper released by BioMed Central, a British medical publication. In this article, three Japanese researchers who are graduates of Jichi Medical University School of Medicine in Tochigi Prefecture discovered a direct connection between the influx of ramen food shops and certain illnesses like stroke and high blood pressure in some known areas in Japan such as Tochigi, Akita, Aomori, Yamagata, Niigata and Kagoshima prefectures.


The said research gave rise to various opinions and comments among netizens in Japan. Ramen lovers shared some of their experiences after overindulging in ramen which includes instant diarrhea, acute indigestion and sleeplessness. But they are not discouraged to keep trying their favorite ramen noodle dishes. For them, they have not experienced any major health issues so far.


Japan’s love for ramen can be traced back in history. Before the Second World War, ramen was still called “shinasoba” or Chinese noodles. During the foreign occupation in the country, Japan suffered from severe malnutrition. This prompted a lot of people to operate ramen carts all over Japan in order to alleviate the negative impacts of malnutrition and extreme hunger. Ramen being a quick solution since it can be easily prepared and consumed. Since then, a lot of people in Japan developed their craving for ramen noodles.


Reference: Japan’s love of ramen tempered by mortality warning


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