Instant noodles showing mites under the microscope are fake!

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Instant Noodles under Microscope / Watch this before eating

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Explanation

A person takes the instant noodles from the packet and examines them under a microscope in the one-minute and five-second video. We can see tiny insects and bugs moving in it. This post is shared with the caption, “Instant Noodles under Microscope/ Watch this before eating.” The internet especially YouTube is flooded with this kind of video nowadays. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We found a YouTube video when we began investigating the video on Google using pertinent keywords. The video was titled as “Fact OR CAP – Microscopic MITES in 2-minute Noodles?.”

The host goes on to explain how this viral video is fake and demonstrates how to accomplish it perfectly.

He is seen in the video taking out the noodles and looking at them under a microscope, but contrary to what the widely shared claim implies, there was nothing, no bugs.

Then he took some sealed packs of noodles and said that it was unlikely to find mites inside them. However, you will find microplastic but no mites in the original video. He went on to add that, “I think this happened because the user placed the dust mites on the noodles which is shocking and sensational.  And this is what it looks like it is super easy to put tiny microscopic bugs on common household foods so in my opinion there is no need to panic I suspect the original video is fake the user wanted shock value viral content sorry your noodles do not have extra protein.”

As we continued our search, we came across another YouTube video that demonstrated how these noodles appear under a microscope at 100x magnification. They begin by magnifying objects 40 times and then increase it to 100 times. Additionally, the host demonstrates how seasoning packets appear when magnified further. This teaches us how objects appear at higher magnifications.

The aforementioned information makes it abundantly clear that the widely circulated theory that instant noodles contain mites is untrue.

Conclusion:

Thus, we deduce that the widely shared video allegedly depicting bugs in instant noodles is fake. Actually, dust mites are used to create these, which causes their content to go viral and incite fear in people.

We thus implore our readers to avoid being duped by such videos and to share them only after verifying.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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