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North Korea Creates Special Noodle to Turn the Hungry Full

North Korea may have found a way to get around relying on foreign food aid or producing enough food to feed its hungry population. Scientists in the communist country have developed a super noodle that leaves eaters feeling full for a longer time.

Thanks to flooding, six million North Koreans are in urgent need for food aid. The noodle, made of soybeans and corn, has twice as much protein and five times as much fat as a typical noodle. According to a Kim Jong Il-friendly newspaper, the noodle doesn't make people feel the sense of hunger that generally comes soon after eating noodles.

North Korea's leaders do not suffer from a lack of imagination. In March, Kim Jong Il announced plans to make extra cash by turning North Korea's embassy in Berlin into a hostel. Perhaps the noodle can save lives in North Korea, and become the latest diet fad in America. Do you have hope in this noodle, or do you think it's government big-fat propaganda?


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CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I'm assuming that along with more protein and fat, the noodles have more calories. I'm guessing it also is trying to make up for a lack of meat, which is one of the first things to get expensive in a food shortage.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I wasn't even thinking about it in that way until you brought it up Steph :) Interesting thought.
stephley stephley 9 years
That's true - it's still amazing every time I hear about it though.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Isn't N. Korea notorious for altering their people's perceptions of things?
stephley stephley 9 years
Who's got the strength to turn on the tv or radio in North Korea? If people aren't getting any better nutrition, aren't they going to get sick or collapse, even if they do feel like they're full? It's really hard to imagine being so inhumane that you would use your money and scientists come up with a way to make hungry, potentially malnourished, people think they've been fed enough instead of getting them real food.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Perhaps an ad campaign is cheaper, Steph???
stephley stephley 9 years
It's amazing that they would spend the money on changing people's perception of their hunger rather than on actually feeding them.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Ok. I take that back. If indeed the noodles are made of just soybeans and corn, that's not so bad. If the ingredients do include crap such as paper, I take back this take back!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Just ever-so-slightly better than eating mudpies.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well it's kind of like those protein bars that have SOO MUCH in them that they can't help but to make you feel full. it's definitely interesting what they'll come up with. it's kind of like the popcorn/rice mentality - since those foods expand in your stomach.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Flyingroo - I was just thinking "what is really in those noodles???
flyingroo flyingroo 9 years
Knowing the communist system as I know it (first hand, that is) I can safely assume that those noddles probably contain 50% paper - what better filler than celulose fiber!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
You've got to give it up to dictators, they are so deluded that while they live better than kings and queens their people suffer like this.
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