Video Vault: Think Of This Next Time You Plan To Eat Top Ramen

Video Vault: Think Of This Next Time You Plan To Eat Top Ramen

Apparently, this really happened:

Avoiding processed foods can be difficult, especially when living on a tight budget. This noodle-eye-view of Top Ramen and Gatorade traveling into your stomach might make you go the extra mile. The video is just a preview of a project called M2A: The Fantastic Voyage by media artist Stefani Bardin. M2A refers to an ingestible capsule literally dubbed Mouth-to-Anus, which contains a camera and LED capable of recording the whole messy journey. The captured video is combined with data from a separate capsule that senses pH and pressure in the gastrointestinal tract.

One subject was fed a meal of Top Ramen, Gatorade, and Gummi Bears, while the other was fed hand-made noodles, pomegranate/cherry juice gummy bears, and hibiscus “Gatorade” (presumably home-made). The result is an intimate portrait of how our bodies break down processed vs whole foods.

So…I’m just sayin’. Actually… I’m hurlin’. This takes me back to a finals week in college where I survived on nothing but top ramen, microwaveable popcorn bags and cheap chocolate kisses. I came out of that week twitching and scratching. Good grief.

I will say this, though:  “Top ramen noodles are made to survive armageddon.” had me dying. I’m still laughing. Pardon me while I go stock my panic room with twinkies and top ramen. Shrimp flavor.

By | 2017-06-10T11:26:55+00:00 January 20th, 2014|Video Vault|24 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. lexdiamonz February 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    I was going to grab some take out after work ummm i am going home and COOK something home-made after seeing that….ewwwww

  2. niksmit February 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    I hope you will also be stocking some Pepto, laxatives, and whatever else may be necessary to break that stuff down in your panic room.
    Learning about processed foods has explained my more troubled IBS years so well.

  3. Vee February 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    LOL @ “Top ramen noodles are made to survive armageddon.”

    Erika I remember eating those ramen noodles in college too..those things had way too much sodium.

    Excerpted from Video Vault: Think Of This Next Time You Plan To Eat Top Ramen | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

  4. Lakisha February 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM - Reply

    Cool video. Its just extra encourgement to continue to eat right. Gross. So Gross.

  5. Naomi February 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    Must this be posted the day after I ate ramen?? lol! But thank God it was home made Korean ramen, fresh with kimchi and peppers. Washed it down with a homemade almond milk and do-match green tea powder shake. I will admit, about once every other month around “that time” I get a hankering for packaged .13c ramen. Conditioning I guess. I resisted and got the fresh stuff. Taste is remarkably different.

  6. Lethal Astronaut February 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    One of the main changes I’m making with my own weight loss program (and it’s working – 10 pounds down in a month WOOOHOOO!) is to make foods from scratch, cook properly, and eat mostly fruit, veggies, and our own meats from our own animals (we live on a farm).

    This has absolutely convinced me we’re doing the right thing. Apart from the fact that you have NOT tasted chicken or lamb until you’ve tasted our organically-raised, free-range animals (the difference between supermarket meat and our happy and well-treated animals is unbelievable), it’s so much healthier.

    But the real difference that has surprised me has been how quickly I’m making meals for the four of us, and how much more cheaply. I’ve bought a couple of cookbooks titled “5 pm panic” and similar, published by the Healthy Food Guide, and the recipes take 20 minutes or thereabouts to cook. You can’t even cook a frozen pizza in that amount of time!

    We used to buy a lot of 2 minute noodles and such for our kids, and they loved them. Since changing our ways, we just stopped buying them, and the kids actually prefer eating healthy now. I had to stop taking the kids food shopping with me, but that was just a quick shuffle in my schedule, and has also saved me $$ because I don’t have to buy all the treats they grovelled for and I would end up buying them.

    Thanks again. Your blog continued to be one of the best on the net – and not just for black girls (says this white New Zealander!)

    • Erika Nicole Kendall February 9, 2012 at 10:41 PM - Reply


    • Kat January 22, 2014 at 5:59 PM - Reply

      I can not stress enough how processed food is very damaging to one’s body. Majority, of processed foods is not food anymore. There is little to any nutritional substances you will receive and plenty of unwanted chemical garbage!

      Thanks for sharing, I would love to see the whole documentary!

  7. kiesh February 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM - Reply

    this is just…striking. wow.

  8. T February 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM - Reply

    Wow. I’m glad I saw this video. Throwing out all processed food from my cabinet as we speak.

  9. Eldaka March 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM - Reply

    Wow!. That was an interesting video. I’ll think twice before buying processed food again.

  10. Me April 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM - Reply

    I applaud the intentions of this video, but to be fair, both meals fall under the category of processed regardless of the ingredients used to make them–there’s no way for noodles to be considered whole, since you have to mix ingredients to create them. Just about everything we eat is “processed” one way or another, even if it’s just spraying organic carrots with vegetable cleanser before transporting them to the farmer’s market.

    I think it’s great for everyone to be conscious of the food we eat, but we shouldn’t be so easily swayed by titles/labels. Not all processed foods are bad for you (i.e. the home-made noodles in the video), and even meals made with whole foods as ingredients can be made to be unhealthy depending on how you prepare the meal (i.e. how much salt was added to the home-made noodles). The video could be a great tool to stress the importance of reading the ingredients in the food we eat. It’s all about *managing* our eating habits.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall April 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM - Reply

      I think it’s obvious that both meals fall under the category of processed foods. If we want to split hairs down to infinite levels, cooking an item is putting it through a process.

      The issue is the ingredients, and always has been. I think the video makes that clear.

      • Me June 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM - Reply

        I’m not trying to split hairs. I’m just saying it’s a disservice to give some foods a title that most foods fall under. There’s more to health than just avoiding “bad” foods, and titles only sensationalize one piece of the overall bigger picture. Health is about habits. Eating too much of a healthy food has the same effect as eating too much of anything–poor health. I don’t shy away from nor indulge in processed foods or any food that I generally enjoy based on its status on the scale of health, yet my weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, stamina, etc all fall well within acceptable levels. I’m just saying focus more on the big picture because foods that win the “bad for you” title change like fashion. So beware the urge to latch onto the “death to processed foods” mantra of late.

        Manage the habit. That applies to more than just food.

        • Erika Nicole Kendall June 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM - Reply

          …but that’s what you’re doing.

          Saying things like “most foods fall under the title of processed food” is the most epic hair splitting I’ve seen in a long time.

          You manage the habit by managing the food… and, more often than not, processed food is the problem because it IS, in fact, the habit… especially when it encourages suspect habits like binge eating.

          If you consume processed food and still manage to maintain your health, that’s fantastic. You’re not the only one out there who can. It is obvious that many others out there do not. Your reality is not the reality of others, and the dismissive tone in your comment, as if to imply that “it couldn’t “possibly” be the food, it’s just the people,” smacks of the same bull from the “it’s just your will power!” camp. I’m not interested in giving space to that, or these comments teetering on the verge of shilling for the food industry.

          Phenomenal hair splitting. Good grief.

Leave A Comment

Are you ready to join the #bgg2wlarmy and achieve your weight loss goals?



Join the squad, and let's reach our goals together!

— Weekly positive affirmations

— The latest news in food & fitness

— Delicious recipes

— Insightful discussion

— Tips to help you on your journey