Burn, Baby, Burn: Why Doctors Hate Instant Soup

The information comes from today's Planet Money, which reports that many hospitals see burns from instant noodle soup as often as two and up to five times a week, according to hospitals from California to Washington. 

A design flaw --

tall, lightweight styrofoam with an unstable base -- is what causes kids in particular to tip the cup onto themselves, though the stickiness of noodles to skin does follow-up damage.

A Northern California doctor, David Greenhalgh, conducted a study to find that Cup Noodles is the most tipsy design. He suggests inverting the shape, like Yoplait's container, for a more stable and less dangerous snack.

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