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How does Cup Noodles' new recipe stack up against other snack foods?

How does Cup Noodles' new recipe stack up against other snack foods?
Natalie Hou, research and development specialist at Nissin Foods USA headquarters in Gardena, has worked to refine the company's Cup Noodles recipes to match customers' changing palettes. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

One of the key changes to Nissin Foods USA's overhaul of its Cup Noodles recipe is a reduction in sodium. So how does the new recipe compare with other popular ramen brands and snack foods?

Here's a look at sodium by the numbers (per serving, which can vary dramatically depending on the food):

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Nissin Cup Noodles chicken flavor, new recipe:

1,070 mg.

45% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is a single package

Nissin Cup Noodles chicken flavor, original recipe:

1,430 mg.

60% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is a single package

Nissin Top Ramen chicken flavor:

910 mg.

38% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is half of package.

Maruchan Instant Lunch chicken flavor, low-sodium version:

660 mg.

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28% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is a single package

Sapporo Ichiban Oriental Noodle Soup chicken flavor:

1,200 mg.

50% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is a single package

Dream Kitchen curry flavor instant noodles:

1,420 mg.

59% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is a single package

Pringles sour cream & onion chips:

180 mg.

8% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is 15 chips

Kraft macaroni & cheese:

570 mg.

24% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is 1/3 of package

McDonald's Big Mac:

960 mg.

40% of recommended daily intake

Serving size is entire burger

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