Autism and Ramen Noodles

I’m just curious on this one.  What is it about dry, uncooked Ramen Noodles and kids on the Autism Spectrum? 

If I let them,  my boys would live on uncooked,  crunchy Ramen Noodles. If we happen to be out,  they love eating uncooked pasta,  especially Emmett.

I used to think it was just my kids but after mentioning this before,  I learned that many of you experience the same thing.

I was wondering what your thoughts were on this topic?  Personally,  my thought is that it’s a sensory thing. Maybe it’s that they get some desirable feedback from the crunching. Maybe they just like the taste.

To me, it would be like chewing on tree bark,  not that I’ve actually tried that,  but you get my point.

How many of your kids enjoy dry,  crunchy Ramen Noodles?  Do you limit their consumption or let them have at it?  My boys would watch them all the time if I let them.  They even like them as snacks. 

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  • January 3, 2012 at 11:05 am
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    @Kitzress@xanga – I was about to mention that, but I see others have beat me to it.  I learned to love dry ramen noodles when I was a kid b/c my neighbor used to make all kinds of yummy snacks out of them.  My favorites were the one with wasabi peas and one that was sweet but I don’t remember what she put in it.
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    I think all kids like ramen noodles.  The flavors are simple and they pretty much taste the same every time you make it unless you make your own sauce.  I say let your guys enjoy it..  If they are willing, maybe you should look for dry ramen snack mixes they might like to explore and make themselves.

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  • January 3, 2012 at 5:39 am
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    I’ve eaten dry ramen before, it isn’t that bad. Honestly, I imagine people on the autistic spectrum just care less that it isn’t how society thinks you are ‘supposed’ to eat it. This is coming from someone who eats jello powder and parmesan cheese out of the bottle, but hey! At least consider it might be a somewhat normal thing 😛

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  • January 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm
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    Yeah… I def eat it dry. No autism here. I think it is just a preference thing. haha. Good you got your question answered though!

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  • January 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm
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    I don’t think it’s just kids with autism, I think it’s ALL kids lol. My kids would eat ramen, uncooked or cooked every single day if I let them. My daughter particularly enjoys raw ramen noodles for an afternoon snack.

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  • January 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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    I don’t have autism, but I always loved crunching the dry Ramen noodles.

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  • January 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm
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    I love to eat dry Ramen and know a lot of other kids in my school that do, and none of them have autism. I just like the taste.

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  • January 2, 2012 at 4:03 am
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    My mother used to hand my sister and I dry spaghetti noodles if she was cooking it for dinner that night. And my sister and I have both enjoyed dry ramen (with the seasoning on it) as a snack.

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  • January 2, 2012 at 1:19 am
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    A lot of Asian people do this. All my friends and I sometimes snack on dried ramen noodles with the seasonings. The spicy flavors are my favorite!

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  • January 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm
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    I’ve only heard of the dry noodles being added to pasta salads and such. I would think it’s the crunching that makes them want it but that’s just my guess.

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  • January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm
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    I don’t have autism but I love to snack on dry pasta. Never tried dried ramen, though. Although some people do use crunched up dry ramen noodles on top of salads and such.

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  • January 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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    In Korea, they purposefully sell dry ramen noodles as a snack.  Sometimes they have spicy flavors or fishy flavors or something, but they also have plain ones.  Maybe it seems “weird” to us because that’s not how it’s normally eaten, but to another person it is totally normal.

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  • January 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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    I haven’t been diagnosed with autism, and when I was a kid, I loved eating uncooked ramen noodles. I also do enjoy eating dry uncooked pasta noodles. I’m not really sure why I like it because there isn’t much taste behind it.
    But you’re right, it could just be a sensory thing, or maybe they just enjoy it. It’s probably not the most healthy thing because of the dry ingredients that need the cooking process, but nontheless, if they enjoy it, why question it?

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  • January 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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    My sister has Asperger’s and she likes dry ramen noodles too. But I also know a lot of people who don’t have Autism or Asperger’s who like dry ramen too.

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  • January 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm
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    i don’t have autism…but i do enjoy a good crunchy uncooked ramen. it’s like eating chips in a different form.

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  • January 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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    I was a bit incredulous when I found my kids crunching on it once… usually though they do cook it. 

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  • December 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm
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    Never heard of anyone crunching on dry ramen before.  I personally prefer to eat raw cookie dough.

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