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M. S. G. - What is it and
What Names are Used to Hide it in Our Food
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid.
Kombu, a seaweed, was first used in Japan as a
flavor enhancer. A Japanese doctor isolated the main
ingredient -- MSG, or monosodium glutamate -- and started what
has become a million-dollar industry.
MSG is now the most widely used flavor
enhancer in the world. MSG and MSG-containing substances
are used in processed food, in fast foods, and in Chinese
food. They're also found in nearly all canned and frozen
MSG has been linked with Chronic Fatigue. MSG is a
neurotransmitter which is "a substance that stimulates the brain-cell
activity". Unfortunately, the brain cells can be
overexcited and burn themselves out. This form of glutamate can become
toxic and begins destroying cells in your body. It can cause
When plant and animal products are processed, proteins are often broken down into their
building blocks known as amino acids, thus freeing up the MSG. Only
when it is freed from its natural protein form through food processing
does it have the ability to stimulate our brain receptors or cause
It is a big culprit in causing water retention and it can
be hidden under a variety of names:
Modified food starch, autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate,
sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable
protein, carrageenan, glutamic acid and yeast extract.
MSG is also present in most protein isolates (soy isolates,
whey isolates, etc.)
If you taste foods that taste a little too good and can
keep eating more than usual, but the next day your finger
joints aches and feel puffy, it sounds like MSG.
Most boxed foods, canned foods, gravies, sauces, mixes, TV
dinners, lunch foods, hot dogs and condiments have either MSG
or lots of chemicals or preservatives that all cause the same
When shopping make sure you read the labels.
In animal studies, MSG has been shown to triple the output
of insulin. Insulin is not only the major fat-making hormone and is the main preventer of fat-burning.
MSG is also a neurotoxin. It can damage nerve
cells. Here is an article written about this:
"Protect Yourself from a “Food” Ingredient That Causes Nerve Damage!"
by Bob Held. Read the article
A Complete List of MSG - CHECK YOUR LABELS
Glutamate Textured protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
(any protein that is hydrolyzed)
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Yeast food nutrient
Terms that frequently indicate hidden MSG additives
Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring
Additives that may contain MSG or excitoxins
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
Protease enzymes of various sources can release excitoxin
amino acids from food proteins.
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