Are you still asking what is MSG, not to mention consuming it? Maybe I can help a little. Let’s look at what it actually is and why it’s used in our food and then you can make a choice about whether you consume it or not.
Monosodium glutamate, according to Wikipedia, (also known as MSG and sodium glutamate), “is a sodium salt of the non-essential amino acid glutamic acid. It is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer.” Ingesting this processed free glutamic acid (MSG), can produce a variety of reactions in many people. Some people have no immediate reactions to this enhancer, but does that mean it is not affecting them? These reactions can also be found as side effects from neurological drugs. It could be that MSG causes the reaction or aggravates an already existing condition.
Some symptoms you may experience after ingesting MSG can involve these areas: cardiac, neurological, respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, urological, muscular, visual and skin problems. Everything from nausea to tongue swelling to retinal degeneration(for me, it’s headaches and stomach cramps). Other symptoms are, irregular heart beat, depression, bloating, colitis, sleep disorders, blurred vision, fatigue, chills, slowed speech, post nasal drip, skin rash, extreme thirst, and difficulty concentrating. Many studies have linked MSG to diabetes, migraines, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer’s. There is research confirming that MSG consumed by lab animals causes brain lesions. Any research claiming MSG to be safe is flawed and has been financed, directly or indirectly, by the glutamate industry. Isn’t that always the way? Some disorders may have started from being exposed to MSG as an infant or in the womb.
Here are some ways MSG is hidden in the foods we eat. These are names of ingredients that contain MSG and will cause the same reactions in those sensitive to MSG: Glutamate, gelatin, textured protein, yeast nutrient, hydrolyzed corn gluten, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast and any protein that is hydrolyzed. Here’s something I didn’t know….the following ingredients often contain MSG or create MSG during processing: carrageenan, maltodextrin, malt extract, citric acid, pectin, soy protein, whey protein, flavorings, natural chicken flavor and many others. According to truthinlabeling.com, “the not so new game is to label hydrolyzed proteins as pea protein, whey protein, corn protein, etc. If a pea, for example, were whole, it would be indentified as a pea. Calling an ingredient pea protein indicates that the pea has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present”.
In hundreds of studies around the world, scientist created obese mice and rats by injecting them with MSG. MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing them to become obese. Is it possible MSG is also causing obesity in humans? MSG is in everything including soups, salad dressings, processed foods, gravies and those labeled as “healthy or low fat”. Not only do we buy foods containing MSG, but many restaurants use MSG, especially fast food places. MSG is added to our food because it is addictive. This preservative is added so we will eat more! Could MSG be the new nicotine? Many are asking this question.
MSG was introduced over fifty years ago. Since then it has been added to prepackaged meals, soups, snacks and many of the fast foods that we eat every day. The FDA has set no limits on how much MSG can be added to food. Mainly because they believe it is safe to consume.
How can you start eliminating this toxic ingredient? First of all, go to your cupboard and refrigerator and start reading your labels. Purchase organic or start your own vegetable garden. Eat fiber rich foods and other foods which are detoxing. Flush toxins already in your system with a liver cleanse. Take out coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. These highly toxic products will not allow your body to heal.
Take care of yourself and your children. Take the time to do it.