Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

A Toxin Never Tasted So Good!

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a poisonous food additive that is hidden in literally thousands of foods.  Conscientious label-readers will see it listed hundreds of times on their local grocer’s shelves.  In addition, a large percentage of fast-food chains and restaurants serve food laced with MSG .  Most school-aged children are getting more than a daily dose at their school cafeteria.  Why is it so popular?  Simply because it makes food taste delicious and it is among the cheapest of food additives.

You would think more stringent restrictions would be put in place for the most sensitive of society.  But shockingly, even infant formulas and baby food contain MSG.  Infants are definitely most at risk and are up to four times more sensitive than adults to the toxic effects of this poison.

Why is MSG so dangerous?

MSG is one of the worst food additives in the American diet for several reasons.  The first important fact is that MSG is classified as an excitotoxin.  The reason it is so stimulating to the taste buds is that it excites and stimulates your cells.  However, it does this so well that it actually overexcites your cells to the point of damage, acting as a poison and often leading to cell death.

MSG and Obesity

Since the 1960s, science has documented that MSG is directly related to weight gain and obesity. It leads to the production of visceral fat, the most dangerous type that surrounds your organs.  This type of fat storage increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, insomnia, type 2 diabetes, and more.

Side Effects of MSG Consumption

Common adverse reactions include but are not limited to:

  • Migraine headache
  • Asthma
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Depression

Laboratory research documents that MSG kills brains cells in lab animals, can cause macular degeneration, increases the risk of neuroendocrine disorders and can cause severe allergic reactions.

The Difficulty With Avoiding MSG

MSG is challenging to entirely avoid.  It takes an educated shopper to leave this toxin off of the grocery list.  The reason is that it is most often hidden in food labels, under names like broth, casein, hydrolyzed, autolyzed, and more, making it extremely difficult to identify.  Although there are plenty of other names, here are some food label synonomous  that mean MSG:

  • Gelatin
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
  • Yeast Extract
  • Malted Barley
  • Rice Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup 

For a whole list of ingredients that contain MSG, click HERE.

It is highly recommended that you eliminate MSG from your diet for optimal health.  This applies even more to pregnant women, children and infants.  To most easily accomplish this, opt for natural foods that are unprocessed.  If you must chose foods that are packages or prepared, make sure to carefully read the product label and when possible, always purchase the organic variety.