Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

August 21, 2014 7:01 AM

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 photo, Japanese instant ramen noodle expert Masaya “Sokusekisai” Oyama, 55, slurps noodles at a shop and restaurant specialized only in varieties of instant noodles in Tokyo. Oyama knows a lot about the instant noodle. He eats more than 400 instant noodles a year, and he usually goes by his nickname “Sokusekisai,” which means “instant.” He agrees eating only instant noodles is not good for your health, because eating one thing all the time isn’t healthy, no matter what it is. “You need nutritional balance,” he said. “You should eat other things, too.” (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

In this Aug. 18. 2014 photo, an employee fills in shelves with packages of "ramyeon" instant noodles at a shopping center in Seoul, South Korea. By value, instant noodles were the top-selling manufactured food in South Korea in 2012, the most recent year figures are available, according to South Kor...

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