Autism and Ramon Noodles

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

If I let them,  my boys would live on uncooked,  crunchy Ramon 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 Ramon 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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Beth Bollig

ramen noodles have wax on them, that’s why they don’t stick together…I just read a warning article about this…you might want to limit the amount of them you let the kiddos have even though they really like them

Wow truly amazing to know I’m not the only one for my son it was and still is all about textures, dry or cooked it use to be the only thing he would eat other than chicken nuggets (MCkd’s)….Gotten alot better tho he’s still not a fan of fruits or very many veggies! ;)..

Wow truly amazing to know I’m not the only one for my son it was and still is all about textures, dry or cooked it use to be the only thing he would eat other than chicken nuggets (MCkd’s)….Gotten alot better tho he’s still not a fan of fruits or very many veggies! ;)..

Joel

I'm not Autistic but I LOOOVE dry Ramen noodles. They just taste like wiggly crackers, is all!

My son loves dry Raman noodles. He also loves it cooked 🙂 he doesn’t seek them out unless I am cooking them though.

Also chicken is the most sensory friendly with beef being the least.

Definitly a sensory thing. It`s like Chicken in a bisket(Chicken flavor) but more intense. The flavors don`t mix, the texture is separate as well and doesn`t coat the back of the tongue. And as above the pressure on the jaw. It`s a sensory clean food if that makes sense. I ate it as a kid as well, lol. I have some of the same issues as my son. Plus it`s portable, lol.

Beth

I think it is a kid thing, not just an autism thing. I see lots of neuro -typical kids eating the crunchy stuff in our school lunchroom.

Forgotten

OH! OH! OH! I can help with this one. I'm an Aspie and I love uncooked noodles! Ramen noodles are curved (texture), crunchy (texture), not covered in sauce (texture and taste override), have a fairly bland taste (again, sensory), and they make a cool sound when you break them apart. They don't have a strong smell and they don't upset your stomach when you eat them. They can make you feel full if you're really hungry but won't keep you full all day (if you need something to tide you over for a little while until dinner, etc.). The noodles themselves are carbs which help pick blood sugar up quickly if it's down. They don't leave a residue on your hands and the powder can be easily wiped off. They feel cool to run your fingers over and you can scratch them if you want to. Breaking them into small pieces gives you something to chew on/mouth all day long and they are easy to clean up with a simple broom or dust buster.
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Laurie

I think you're right on that it's a sensory thing. My husband and I were just talking about this the other day. Most of my immediate family have their own spectrum-like behaviors. One of my brothers used to crunch ice, another would eat raw pasta, and my parents had to hide the Crisco and raw hamburger (ewwwwww…gross…I know) from me.
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Jen Buttermore on Fa

Ive been told her love affair with dry crunchy. Especially dry pasta could be because she loves that pressure in the back of the jaw. Sometimes in meltdowns ill put pressure on both sides of her face there..from behind to avoid flailing legs and arms..amd it soothes her.

I thought my lily was the only one that ate them like this! LOL

Nope, mine do the very same thing. I just find it interesting how common this is 🙂

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