Category Archives: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

What you don’t know really can hurt you.

FoodFacts.com remembers the old adage “What you don’t know can’t hurt you”. While we’re sure the saying was coined with the best of intentions, we know that today, it really isn’t applicable in most situations … and especially not in our food supply. What we’re not aware of really can hurt us, causing allergic reactions, triggering asthma and sometimes even worse.

We have to wonder why the FDA doesn’t necessarily think the same way. It’s been acknowledged for years that some people have reactions after eating food that contains MSG which is processed free glutamic acid. These reactions can include anything from migraine headaches, foggy thinking, gastrointestinal upsets, heart irregularities, asthma symptoms to mood swings. But what isn’t acknowledged often is that there are a tremendous number of ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid and those the foods that contain them do not have to be labeled as containing MSG.

So here’s a list of ingredients you need to watch out for in order to avoid MSG.

These are the ingredients that ALWAYS contain processed free glutamic acid:
Monopotassium Glutamate
Calcium Glutamate
Monoammonium Glutamate
Magnesium Glutamate
Natrium Glutamate
Yeast Extract
Hydrolyzed Anything
Hydrolyzed Protein of any type
Calcium Caseinate
Sodium Caseinate
Autolyzed Yeast
Gelatin
Textured Protein
Soy Protein
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein
Whey Protein Isolate
Vetsin
Ajinomoto

And here’s a second list of ingredients that can contain or produce processed free glutamic acid:

Carrageenan
Bouillon
Maltodextrin
Citrate
Barley Malt
Pectin
Malt Extract
Soy Sauce

And lastly, if these ingredients are present adding flavor to a food product, MSG is in there:

Disodium 5’-Guanylate
Disodium 5’-Inosinate
Disodium 5’-Ribonucleotides

If you’re avoiding MSG, remember you need to look further than monosodium glutamate to ensure you aren’t consuming it. While it’s easy to identify MSG, stay alert to the fact that companies are not required to label the other ingredients that trigger reactions to processed free glutamic acid.

FoodFacts.com wants our community to stay educated about the foods you eat to maintain your healthiest lifestyle.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

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Many people recognise monosodium glutamate (MSG) as the additive used, for example, in some Chinese and Japanese food, but few know what it is, let alone what its effects on the body are. Now a new report focuses on how monosodium glutamate may be just one of the causes of the Slow Poisoning of America.

In fact, MSG (which is often disguised by names like “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” or “HVP”, “yeast extract” or “autolyzed proteins”) is, like aspartame, a member of the group of chemicals known as “excitotoxins” (the clue is in the name!). These toxic compounds are known to interfere with brain chemistry and have been implicated in many neurological diseases, such as brain cancers, MS, fibromyalgia, depression and hyperactivity (ADHD). In fact, they overexcite brain cells to the point of cell damage and even cell death.

MSG has also been linked to obesity and, indeed, many products that contain MSG now also contain horrific chemicals like “high fructose corn syrup” (whose purpose is to make you chemically addicted to the food in the same way as sugar).

Monosodium glutamate is the sodium salt of the amino acid glutamate, and is a commonly used flavor enhancer, regarded by the FDA as “generally safe”, meaning that food manufacturers can use as much of it as they like. It has been around for many years, and is found not only in take away meals from Chinese restaurants, but many other food sources, in which it is listed as either “monosodium glutamate”, “MSG” or “hydrolyzed vegetable protein”.

In a recent book on the subject, Dr Russell Blaylock reported that MSG also causes severe disturbances in the endocrine system, affecting levels of hormones such as LH (Leutenising hormone), GH (growth hormone) and prolactin. (Excitotoxins by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 263)

Another recent work stated that “The stress-induced abnormalities in blood-brain barrier permeability suggest differing MSG effects dependent on existing states of relaxation or stresses. The suggestive evidence for MSG-induced neuroendocrine effects is substantial, coupled with the observation of increased obesity in children.” ( In Bad Taste by George R Schwartz MD, page 39)

In short, MSG is a leading cause of obesity and may well be implicated in many other conditions. It should be avoided at all costs, just like its chemical relatives.