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Continuing to eat cup noodles and other high-salt foods can lead to high blood pressure, which combined with the mental stress and disrupted lifestyle during evacuation can lead to life-threatening problems such as a stroke.

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Nobuyo Tsuboyama, head of the Section of Global Disaster Nutrition at the National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition. Local governments are dispatching nutritional specialists to evacuation centers in areas struck by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, amid concerns that evacuees may become ill if they continue to eat imbalanced meals.

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You don't have to be an evacuee- salary men and OLs also eat those and have tremendous amounts of stress so the problem is far more common.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

We don't eat cup noodles. Good blood pressure 120/80mmHg.

The evacuees in Ishikawa need proper food.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Cup noodles? Cup noodles isn't food. You would get better nutrition if you threw away the contents and ate the plastic container.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Unfortunately, canned and long life foods are the main items supplied in the initial stages of disaster relief, due to the unsanitary conditions.

People in Gaza are getting very ill because they have can only access canned rations for the past few months.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Local governments are dispatching nutritional specialists to evacuation centers

Good!! I gotta feel for all of em stranded up there.

Good on these guys finally doing SOMETHING about it.

Living off cup noodle soup everyday like its ww2, talk about pathetic.

Speakin of pathetic, where'd all that tax Loot for rainy days and earthquake emergencies run off to??

3 ( +6 / -3 )

My main emergency rations are granola bars and canned fruit.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I made the mistake of eating a kentucky fried chicken sandwich before my health check. The blood pressure monitor broke and they wanted to hospitalize me that day for heart attack. Be careful what you eat.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

This lack of food, blankets, etc. is a failure of disaster preparation.

fwiw, the regular Japanese diet is extemely high in sodium, to the point where I am suspicious of Western dietary advice about "limit your sodium intake".

As an emergency food only (or food to eat while hiking), Cup Noodles are good because they cook at 65C. Most camping foods, like dehydrated rice, need 100C water to soften up. This uses more precious gas. This does not mean you should be eating them 49 days after an earthquake.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

All the just exprired for sale onigiri across the country could feed every Ishikawa evacuee for 100 years. Guaranteed none of them would get sick and would be much better than Cup O' Noodles.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

It's not just evacuees, but lots of people seem to almost live off the stuff. The only people who eat it more than Japanese are Korean youth. Add to this all the weird meat sandwiches and snacks that are so full of salt and preservatives that they don't need to be refrigerated and you have a diet that will see centenarian parents burying their kids within the next couple of decades, if not already.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Cup noodles and other preseved dry foods are essential post-disasters/emergencies when blackouts mean no refrigeration or other kinds of food preservation available. However, the fact that this kind of food has not been replaced yet after some time means a failure of local government planning for disasters.

It also demonstrates the lack of organised and traditional charities including church ones, food banks and food co-ops in Japan. After disasters in countries like the US and Australia to name two, there are deliveries made by such organisations so people aren't dependent on local authorities if they are not functioning well enough.

Time for the regional authorities to start spending the taxes we all give them even if we live in cities on way better disaster/emergency preparation especially food and medical stocks. No more sculptures or other 'attractions' to supposedly lure tourists - use the taxes better thanks. It would also help if authorities in areas regularly or semi regularly hit by disasters had established connections with farmers' groups who could step in to supply surplus food - they do it in other developed countries, why not Japan?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Fast food in Japan is still way better than the equivalent in the US for example. Industrial cupcakes, twinkies, pop tarts and other salt/chemical loaded crap is not better than your average conbini food.

At leas the conbini in Japan will give you sandwiches that are healthy - the tomato, lettuce and cheese staple from 7/11 and others with no butter is one example. The onigiri are mass produced but even then better than the hot dogs, burgers and burritos loaded with salt, sauce/dressing with sugar sandwiches in the US.

As for soup - the Heinz and Campbell kind are loaded with corn syrup, sugar and salt, to give only two brands. Canned food aint good generally but I prefer the Japanese soup and other canned food.

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