Raw noodles are basically flour dough, which people should not eat without cooking, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dough products may contain salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria before cooking.
Manufacturers usually do not process flour to kill bacteria and other organisms, unlike with other ingredients, reports the Daily Mail. Pasta dough usually also contains raw egg, suggests the BBC. The public should always cook eggs thoroughly because even clean, whole eggs may be contaminated with salmonella, advises the FDA. Both cooked and uncooked instant ramen noodles may cause numerous health problems because they contain monosodium glutamate, preservatives and high levels of salt and saturated fat, according to The Huffington Post.