Monosodium Glutamate (glutamic acid) or MSG as we commonly hear it called, is pervasive in the processed food industry. It is used as a flavor enhancer that intensifies flavors in food. The government labels MSG as “generally recognized as safe” or “GRAS”. But others disagree.
Many studies have been conducted showing that MSG has neurotoxic effects. Many health experts believe that MSG plays a role in many health problems either causing or contributing to them in millions of people.
Trying to avoid MSG in today’s supermarket is very difficult as MSG is called many different things on food labels today. The only way to avoid it is to eat a totally organic vegan diet with zero processed foods and even then you can’t be sure you are avoiding it. And you definitely cannot eat in a restaurant as MSG is in many products used in most restaurants.
Some of the names you may see on labels which would indicate that MSG has been used in the processing of such foods are listed below. These terms are laid out by www.truthinlabeling.org.
– Glutamic Acid
– Hydrolyzed Protein of any kind
– Monopotassium glutamate
– Whey Protein concentrate
– Autolyzed yeast
– Citric Acid
Other ingredients in processed foods that would most likely include glutamic acid are
– Bouillon, broths or stock
– Any label that says “flavors” or “flavoring” and that includes “natural flavoring”
– Anything ultra-pasteurized
– Amino Acids
– Carrageenan (found in nut milks etc.)
– Barley Malt
– Brewer’s Yeast
– Citric Acid or citrate
There are ingredients listed on this site that are suspected of containing enough MSG that they can act as triggers for anyone sensitive to MSG.
– Modified food starch
– Corn starch
– Rice Syrup
– Corn Syrup
– Brown Rice Syrup
– Anything pasteurized
– Milk powder
– Lypolyzed butter fat
– Reduced fat milk
– Most processed foods touted as low fat or no fat
– Vinegar, including balsamic
– Products using the term “enriched” or “vitamin enriched”
As written in an article on the Natural News website, thinking you are safe purchasing foods from a health food store is false. Many protein powders that contain hydrolyzed protein are likely to contain MSG. Organic foods cannot contain MSG but the product could still have MSG in it as a result of the processing.
Believe it or not, even shampoo, cosmetics, fillers in supplements and body lotions contain MSG and it is absorbed through the skin. If you are sensitive to MSG then be vigilant and educate yourself on what is in your personal care products.
Did you know that MSG is also used in pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers so you may be ingesting it via your fruits and vegetables unless you are shopping organic.
Dr. Russell Blaylock has written a very good book on the subject called ” Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills”. Dr. Blaylock believes these excitotoxins potentially play a role in the development of degenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. Now that is scary.
If you suffer from headaches, heart palpatations with no explanation, flushing, tingling and drowsiness then you might want to pay closer attention to what you are eating as you may just be feeding your precious body MSG without knowing it.