You might swear to everyone you gave up instant noodles after college, but admit it: you're still occasionally tempted by an alluring package of beefy Top Ramen. Well it looks like you really do need to give that stuff up, as a new study out of South Korea reveals that instant ramen can increase your risk of heart disease.
Researchers surveyed over 10,000 adults about their diets, and eventually divided the group into two camps: those who followed a "traditional" diet of fish, rice, and veggies, and those who chose a "meat and fast-food" lifestyle full of dead animals and processed food (i.e. insta-ramen). As a whole, neither diet put the person at risk for metabolic syndrome -- a potpourri of conditions including high blood pressure and cholesterol, which can make you more susceptible to heart disease and diabetes. But when they looked at women who ate instant noodles at least twice a week, they were 68% more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Yikes.