Maruchan Ramen is a particular brand name. The company also produces ready to cook noodle soups in a cup, and Yokisoba noodle products, which are fried noodles with vegetables. Though there is an official website available for the company, it does not feature any sort of nutrition information for consumers. All the information used in this article comes directly from the product label, as I purchased one of each of these for that purpose.
The thing about this food is it’s cheap, it comes in a variety of flavors, and usually, it tastes pretty good, too. What most people don’t realize is the sodium content is very high, and this is bad for you. This, combined with the fact that there really isn’t any other nutritional value to be offered, is why we don’t recommend it. Though there are lower sodium versions popping up on the shelves, and you can reduce the sodium by using less of the seasoning packet, there are still many other healthier soup options out there.
Regardless of flavor choice, you will find that there are 190 calories per serving, where 70 of those calories come from fat. There are two servings in each packet, where a serving is equal to half a block of noodles, and half of the seasoning packet.
In each serving, you will find seven grams of fat and half of that fat is saturated, which accounts for 18 percent of the daily recommended value based on a 2000 calorie diet. There is no trans fats in any flavor.
None of the ramen noodles contain cholesterol.
This is where Maruchan ramen nutrition varies from flavor to flavor. All of them are high in sodium, but the sodium lies in the seasoning packet. If you want to reduce the amount of sodium intake, use less of the seasoning. There are also low sodium versions available in most flavors, but even those still contain relatively high levels of sodium.
- The chicken flavor contains 830mg. One serving accounts for more than a third of the daily recommended value, so eating a whole block takes up more than two thirds.
- The oriental flavor contains 880mg. This also accounts for more than a third of the daily value.
- The shrimp flavor contains 850mg, or more than a third of the daily value.
- The beef flavor contains only 790mg. Though this is much less than the other flavors on the list so far, it still accounts for just under a third of the daily value.
- The pork flavor contains 950mg, which is the highest on this list. Eating an entire block of this flavor will account for nearly 80 percent of your daily value.
Each serving contains 26g of carbohydrates, regardless of the flavor choice.
Each serving contains 1g of fiber, regardless of the flavor.
Each serving contains 1g of sugar, or less, depending on the flavor.
Each serving contains 5g of protein, regardless of the flavor.
This food is not a significant source of vitamin A, vitamin C, or calcium. Depending on the flavor you choose, you may get anywhere from 8 to 10 percent of your daily recommended amount of iron. Certain flavors contain more calcium than others.