The label on an instant ramen noodle packet says there are 190 calories per serving (via HuffPost), which many might think is probably the entire packet. Not so, unfortunately. Each little bag of store-bought instant ramen actually contains two servings, both of which are 190 calories. That clocks the entire bag in at around 380 calories plus a whopping total of roughly 1,300 mg of sodium (via Verywell Fit). For reference, the daily recommended limit for sodium is under 2,300 mg per day for adults (via the FDA).
We’re not here to say you can’t enjoy an entire brick of ramen noodles in a single sitting, because we are absolutely going to continue doing just that. It is helpful, however, to have an idea of serving sizes and to be aware of how much of a food you’re consuming, especially if it’s one with a less-than-perfect nutritional profile, such as ramen noodles. A nutritionist in California told HuffPost “it’s not bad to eat more than a serving, as long as you are aware that you are doing so.” If it’s good enough for a nutritionist, it’s good enough for us!