MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate, is a well-known and well-used flavor enhancer. Most fast food chains and restaurants use it, but it’s added to thousand of foods that people eat every day. It’s used in packaged and processed foods like canned soups, crackers, potato chips and salt flavored snacks, salad dressings, cold cuts, frozen dinners and many more.
You would assume if it’s used in so many foods that it’s got to be good for you, right? You just might be shocked at the prevalent danger is bestows on our health. MSG is one of the worst man-made additives on the market, and it’s causing a host of health issues. MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it over excites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees. This action could potentially trigger or worsen learning disabilities, Alzheimer disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and so many more.
Chemically speaking it’s 78% free glutamic acid, 21% sodium, and about 1% contaminants. It’s been linked to fibromyalgia, obesity, liver toxicity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high insulin and glucose, eye damage, headaches, depression, fatigue, disorientation, numbness, nausea, neurological and brain damage, and more.
It gets worse! MSG has a host of pseudonyms that we may be totally oblivious to, and they’re coming up with new names all the time. The ingredients on the back of the box might not say MSG per se, but will be disguised under a fluffy and pretty name that sounds safe. Here’s a list several ingredients that contain MSG.
*Soy Protein Isolate
*Soy Protein Concentrate
*Whey Protein Isolate
*Glutamic acid (E 620)2
*Glutamate (E 620)
*Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
*Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
*Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
*Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
*Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
*Anything Protein Fortified
*Vegetable Protein Extract
*Soy Sauce Extract
*Anything ‘enzyme modified’
*Anything containing ‘enzymes’
*Anything containing ‘protease’
Many sauces, seasonings and protein powders are loaded with MSG as well. The key is to avoid all processed foods or anything in a wrapper. Making a decision to avidly avoid toxic MSG in your diet requires insight and planning. Creating meals with wholesome fresh foods guarantees you’re feeding your family clean foods they can thrive on.