MSG.

by Jeremy Michaels

No-MSG2

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) 
is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in foods. It has many harmful effects such as headaches and migraines, disorientation, depression, eye damage, fatigue, and effects the neurological pathways of your brain and disengages the “I’m full” function to your brain which causes you to eat more and gain weight.

If you consume processed foods regularly, or eat out very often, it is very likely that you are feeding your body a substantial amount of MSG. And this amount might be a lot more than you are aware of. This is because MSG is added to many processed foods, in disguise of at least 20 different names.

The following food ingredients always contain MSG:

  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic acid
  • Hydrolyzed protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP)
  • Autolyzed plant protein
  • Textured protein
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast food
  • Yeast extract
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Maltodextrins
  • Hydrolyzed oat flour

And the following food ingredients often contain MSG:

  • Malt extract
  • Malt flavoring
  • Malted barley flavor
  • Barley malt
  • Flavors, Flavorings
  • Natural flavorings
  • Natural chicken, beef or pork flavorings or seasonings
  • Reaction flavors
  • Caramel flavoring
  • Caramel coloring
  • Food seasonings
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Stock

So it seems like it is not easy to avoid MSG in your diet if you consume quite a bit of processed foods. And since many restaurants also use MSG in preparing their foods, you are likely to encounter more MSG when you eat out.

Don’t be fooled by those who claim that just a little bit of MSG won’t harm you or even kill. You are probably taking in more than just a bit of MSG when you are not careful. This is because the amounts add up from different sources. And MSG can bring you neurotoxic side effects.

The best way of avoiding MSG is to prepare your own meals using fresh ingredients (without using MSG, of course) as often as possible.

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