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Matt Stonie: Could You Compete with Him on This Ramen Challenge?

Quick, easy, and cheap. No, I am not describing myself, nor anyone else I know. I am talking about the ramen noodle.

Forty-five years ago, Nissin introduced Top Ramen Oodles of Noodles to the American market. In 1971, they introduced their Cup O' Noodles. Today, they are now Top Ramen and Cup Noodles and, together with Maruchan and Sapporo Ichiban, Nissin provides most of the ramen products to the American market.

Still inexpensive, I found a 6-pack of Top Ramen at Walmart for $1.08, and a 12-pack of the Maruchan brand for $2.00. Though I do not eat these instant brands of ramen noodles anymore, due to the high fat and sodium content, I imagine they could have a deeper discount by buying them on sale at half the cost.

Today, ramen may still be an inexpensive way for some people to feed themselves. With the Internet, ramen noodles offer a 23-year-old Matthew Kai "Megatoad" Stonie a way to show-off his ramen-eating prowess.

Stonie is an American competitive eater and holds the distinction of being ranked as the number one competitive eater in Major League Eating (MLE). (Yes, this is considered a sport and is governed by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.)

He has had his own YouTube channel for the last three years, as he "trains" for his sport. He has well-over 732K subscribers, with nearly 109M views.

In this video from February 2013, you will see a 20-year-old Stonie consume 12 packs of of nearly 12 pounds total cooked instant ramen noodles in 10 minutes.

Matt Stonie is a college student majoring in nutrition and has plans to be a dietitian. He lives in California.

Note: You may also want to read Facts You Need to Know about Instant Ramen Noodles .

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msiduri wrote on August 7, 2015, 11:44 AM

YEE GADS!!! As a dietician-in-training, he's got to know that's he's eating about a month's worth of salt in 10 minutes there!

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 7, 2015, 11:46 AM

I like to eat ramen noodles as it is tasty and inexpensive. That is very interesting about Matthew Stonie. I have never heard of him or this contest. I will have to look it up on youtube.

Rufuszen wrote on August 7, 2015, 11:51 AM

I have not eaten noodles in many a year. I think having one of those instant pot noodle meals put me off. As for competititive eating... I am not sure what to think!

Lovebeingmummy wrote on August 7, 2015, 12:05 PM

I like noodles too

CoralLevang wrote on August 7, 2015, 1:40 PM

On his YouTube channel, he puts up a challenge a week. I guess it's his claim to fame, and a way of training for his competitive eating. He won Nathan's Hot Dog eating Championship on July 4th, with 62 hot dogs. I don't remember how long they had to eat them. The end of the month, he won the Hooters wing-eating Championship. How he can maintain 120 pounds at 5'8", I have no idea. I wonder if he can control himself normally other than his training regime.

I wrote another article on how much he consumed (nutritional facts) in that 10 minutes.

Last Edited: August 7, 2015, 1:41 PM

CoralLevang wrote on August 7, 2015, 1:42 PM

I haven't eaten instant ramen for several years, because of the nutritional facts. I do, however, like fresh noodles.

CoralLevang wrote on August 7, 2015, 1:44 PM

I like fresh ones, but haven't had the instant pot kind in forever, either. Though I might be able to consume equal amounts of calories in a binge day, I would find it impossible to gorge myself as they do. Besides, I like the flavor of foods more than I like the gluttony.

CoralLevang wrote on August 7, 2015, 1:45 PM

But could you eat that many noodles in that time frame? LOL

msiduri wrote on August 7, 2015, 3:56 PM

I saw that also. About all I can say is...bleah

CoralLevang wrote on August 7, 2015, 4:41 PM

I've watched several other of his videos. The whole idea of gorging oneself for competition amazes me. Perhaps, it's the money. In July for the Nathan's Hot Dog challenge, it came with a $10K prize.

msiduri wrote on August 7, 2015, 5:12 PM

The reason I don't watch these things is that I, frankly, get physically ill. Just the thought of someone shoving x number of hot dogs/packets of ramen noodles or fill in the blank down the gullet is enough to make me want to empty the contents of mine. Tossing my cookies might be worth $10K, but I think that would disqualify me.

LoudMan wrote on August 7, 2015, 6:32 PM

This is a field of competition he can keep, for all I care.

MegL wrote on August 7, 2015, 7:06 PM

I wonder if this product is called "Pot Noodles" in the UK. It sounds like the same kind of product. My sister likes them. She lives alone and often cannot be bothered cooking emoticon :sad: How anyone considers this a sport is beyond me, it sounds more like an eating disorder!

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 7, 2015, 8:51 PM

How fondly (NOT) I remember the days when ramen noodles were all that stood between me and going hungry.

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 2:51 AM

I hear you. I cannot watch them in person, but I can watch the videos.

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 2:52 AM

I find it odd that it is considered a "sport," and he is called an "athlete."

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 2:53 AM

Forgive me, but I think it sounds f$%*ing stupid!

CoralLevang wrote on August 8, 2015, 2:53 AM