5 Sep 2012 - Article No: 1605

Instant Noodles contain wax? - Internet/Facebook Rumour

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Instant noodles contain wax coating which is also used in styrofoam containers. That is why instant noodles dont stick to each other when cooking. Our body needs up to two days to clean the wax. Make sure you stop eating a pack of noodles for at least 3 days after a session of noodles. This wax can cause CANCER. SHARE if you care


This email purports that when eating instant noodles one should leave at least 3 days between "sessions" or face a build up of wax - which comes included in the noodles - failing to do this can cause cancer.

The warning is utterly baseless and completely untrue. Firstly, we could find no evidence that instant noodles come with a "wax coating", nor any reason that they should. A wax coating for instant noodles would be pointless, since to prepare noodles one has to first boil them - a preparation that would certainly melt wax to the point where it would be useless anyway.

Secondly, even if noodles did contain wax, wax does not cause cancer, nor is it likely to "build up" in your stomach. There is no medical reasoning to support the assertions that wax can build up in your stomach or that it can cause cancer.

Thirdly, according to urban legend debunkers Snopes.com, this recent Facebook rumour actually derived from a much older chain email that circulated more than a decade go -


For our health concern, pls pass on the msg to those you know who loves Instand Noodles.

This is what I heard from a fellow colleague. Her nephew, who was studying in UK for about one and a half years, likes to eat cup-a-noodle. And guess what!

His doctor has found that there is a layer of wax lining the walls of his stomach. Seems that instand noodles that comes with foam containers contain an edible layer of wax. However, regular consumptions make it hard for our livers to clear the toxic.

This person died when he went for an operation to try to remove the layer. Pls do not boil the noodles in the container. Transfer to a glass bowl before you put the hot water.


Again this email warns of potential dangers of wax build up, and even though it does not mention cancer like our example, it does claim such a build up can be fatal. However just like our example this message failed to back up its claims with any evidence or medical proof.

Instant noodles do not cause wax build ups, or cancer, and this message should not be circulated.





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