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The common reason for such bans is that various tests have found excess quantities of lead and MSG (Monosodium-glutamate) in Maggi.
Why exactly are these substances bad for the human body?
Lead is a heavy metal,which the body does not excrete, but rather it gets accumulated in the body.
This heavy metal affects multiple body systems but is especially harmful for the liver and kidney, said the food safety expert. Infants and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead because it harms the central nervous system in children.
The World Health Organisation also confirms that lead is particularly harmful for children: WHO finds that childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600,000 new cases of children developing intellectual disabilities every year, and it estimated that lead exposure accounts for 143,000 deaths per year with the highest burden in developing regions.
"There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe," according to WHO.
MSG, or monosodium glutamate is a type of amino-acid which is added often to packaged food and restaurant meals to boost the flavor of a particular product.
The long-term impacts of MSG are still debated among doctors, But in the short-term it can cause hyper-tension, palpitations and headaches.
Well, first of all food regulators in India should mention the amount of MSG added in a particular food product on its packaging so that one can know if it is safe to eat or not. As far as Maggie is concern, eating noodles frequently is certainly not a good idea and is bad for your health, but yes, going by the rule that eating it in small amounts or once in a while to relish your taste buds can do.
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