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Instant Noodles do NOT contain a Wax Coating That Causes Cancer

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message circulating via social media claims that instant noodles have a wax coating to stop them from sticking together and that this wax can build up in your body and cause cancer.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are untrue. Instant noodles do not have a wax coating. Nor do the polystyrene foam containers they come in. And even if they did, there is no credible evidence that links wax with cancer. Nor would the wax build up in your body as claimed in the message. This message is a pointless hoax and sharing it will help nobody.

Example

Instant Noodles contain a wax coating which is also used in Styrofoam containers. That is why instant noodles don’t stick to each other when cooking. Our body needs up to two days to clean the wax. Make sure you stop eating a pack of noodles for at least 3 days after a session of noodles, THIS WAX CAN CAUSE CANCER!! SHARE IF YOU CARE!!Instant noodles wax cancer hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which has been circulating in various incarnations since at least the year 2000, instant noodles have a wax coating to stop them from sticking together. The message further claims that the polystyrene foam containers that the noodles come in also have a coating of wax. The message warns that this wax can build up in our bodies and cause cancer. It advises consumers to wait at least three days between eating noodles because our bodies need up to two days to clean out the wax.

However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. Neither noodles nor polystyrene foam food containers are coated with wax. The entire concept is irrational. The wax on both the containers and the noodles would quickly melt away when boiling water was added and would, therefore, be utterly pointless.

An article discussing noodle myths on the Monde Nissin website explains:

Noodle strands do not stick together as a natural consequence of the process of slitting or cutting the noodle dough into strands, steaming, and then frying in normal cooking oil.

And polystyrene foam does a great job of retaining heat and holding foods and liquids, so it certainly does not require a wax coating.

Moreover, even if noodles and their containers did have a wax coating, there is no credible evidence to support the claim that inadvertently consuming this wax could lead to cancer.

In fact, wax of various types is used regularly in various foods such as confectionary and as a coating for products such as cheese. While eating a large amount of some types of wax may lead to intestinal obstruction, wax is considered non-toxic when consumed in small amounts and there is no indication that it has carcinogenic properties.

And finally, wax does not build up in your body as claimed in the ‘warning’. Wax is not digested but simply passes through the body unaltered.

Thus, this warning is without foundation and sharing it will help nobody. Sending on spurious and inaccurate health information such as this is counterproductive.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer