Noodle lovers will have a good laugh at the sight of a chow-mein noodle, as they can buy them in the US, China, the UK and even in Singapore, according to a new report.
But a good portion of the world still eats the traditional noodles without a clue.
It’s called ‘noodle eating’ in Japan and it is still widely practised in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and other Asian countries.
Noodle eating has been around for centuries and has become a major part of Japanese culture, and a key part of the national identity.
But for the past 30 years, its popularity has been declining.
The study, which looked at more than 10,000 people, said eating more than 2,200 different kinds of chow myin noodles could help reverse the decline.
This is because people in the developed world have eaten a variety of different types of noodles, including noodles made with soybean, peanuts, corn, wheat and rice, the researchers said.
So what is the chow?
Chow means ‘noodles’ in Japanese, and the noodles are made with fermented soybean paste, rice and a mixture of ground corn, peanuts and other grains.
In Japan, the noodles have traditionally been eaten with boiled pork.
They are eaten with fried pork, but the popularity of fried pork is waning.
People in China eat chow noodles and a number of other dishes called ‘mung beans’ and ‘munchies’, the report said.
It found people in Singapore and the US eat about 1,600 different types, with the vast majority of them being made from wheat, which has been widely exported in recent years.
In the UK, more than 5,600 varieties are eaten, while in Taiwan, about 2,300 are eaten.
Eating a variety also gives people a sense of what is available in the market, the report found.
“These noodles have been a source of pride for many generations,” the researchers, led by Dr Michael G. O’Neil, a professor of nutrition at the University of Sydney, wrote.
“This could explain why the demand for them has been decreasing.
For a number people, the variety and affordability of these noodles have become part of their cultural identity.
They do not have the same impact on the consumption of pork as pork noodles, for example.”
The report is published online in the Journal of Food Protection.
In Asia, there are more than a billion people who eat at least one kind of noodle each day, and Chinese consumers eat more than half of the noodles.
Some of these types of noodles, including the famous ‘chow-mi’ noodles, are popular in the UK because of their nutritional value and health benefits.
However, the survey found that only about 1.4 per cent of people in Australia ate a variety.
The survey was carried out by researchers at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, which is based at the Monash University School of Public Health.
“The results are very encouraging for the future,” Dr O’Neill said.
“It shows that consumers are looking for a variety that meets their dietary requirements.”
He said there was a need for more research into the health effects of different kinds.
“I think the public appetite for variety is still there.
However it is a matter of public education, and public health and policy needs to continue to drive the uptake of this variety,” he said.
For example, the British government recently announced a £50 million plan to increase the number of varieties sold in the country, and in 2020, more varieties will be introduced.
“If you have people with health conditions who are particularly susceptible to different kinds, then you need more varieties to cater for them,” Dr G.O. said.
He said he hoped that more people in countries with more diversity in food could benefit from this type of research.
Topics: health, health-policy, eating-and-nutrition, human-interest, community-and/or-society, nutrition, nutrition-and.contributions, human, australia First posted November 07, 2017 14:42:50