Be aware of this sneaky ingredient that pops up in the oddest of places…(MSG) Monosodium Glutamate.  It has many alias’…But by any other name…it’s still as dangerous.

Contain Monosodium Glutamate:

  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic acid
  • Gelatin
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Textured protein
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Yeast extract
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Hydrolyzed protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)

OFTEN contains MSG or can create it during processing:

  • Carrageenan
  • Maltodextrin Malt extract
  • Natural pork flavoring
  • Citric acid
  • Malt flavoring
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Natural chicken flavoring
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Natural beef flavoring
  • Ultra-pasteurized Soy sauce
  • Stock Barley malt
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Pectin Soy protein
  • Whey protein
  • Protease
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Protease enzymes
  • Anything protein fortified
  • Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s)
  • Anything enzyme modified
  • Anything fermented
  • Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s)
  • Enzymes
  • Anything ingredient listed as “Seasonings”

This little guy is a secret ingredient that has been shown in recent studies to actually cause weight gain. This horrible, very unhealthy and down-right dangerous ingredient is used in the great name of being a “flavor enhancer”.  It is common to go to various restaurants and see signs that say “no added MSG” and while this is a great thing…the problem lies in that it can and most often is used in the processing of the food before it reaches the restaurant.

MSG is considered an “excitotoxin,” which means that it functions in the system by exciting the neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are your master brain chemicals. We can test them to determine your levels with a simple urine test. This will help us to determine a very fundamental state of your health. The imbalances that are shown on the results can be corrected very easily with some extraordinary products.

MSG being an “excitotoxin” has been linked to many various conditons ranging from simple headaches to severe strokes and seizues. I don’t know about you…but neither of those things,  nor anything in between, sound all that great to me.  It is in your best interest to avoid them at all costs. There are so many times that I pass people in restaurants and coffee shops putting 2-4 packets of the “pink” blindly in their coffee – having no idea just how dangerous it is.   Just because it sits on the shelf in the grocery store doesn’t mean that its safe. The FDA has a classification where they distinguish ingredients as G.R.A.S. which means “Generally Regarded As Safe”. Under this classification if they state that something is “natural” it just means that is once started out as natural…doesn’t also mean that its safe.  Again, here I can’t stress and reinterate enough you must be an advoate for your own health.

Read the book “Excitotoxins – The Taste that Kills” by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.  In this book, your eyes will be opened so wide about the dangers of MSG, as well as other harmful chemicals, that I highly recommend you avoid (i.e.: saccharin, aspartame, sucralose – pink, blue and yellow respectivly).

Removing and eliminating the MSG from your life is not an easy undertaking, I am sorry to say.  Especially if you eat out very often.  A great place to start on this journey of removing harmful chemicals from your life is to completly avoid anything with MSG!  See the list above for other names that MSG might be called on a label.

Tips for Avoiding MSG

  • Organic whenever possible.
  • Prepare your own food. Use ingredients, spices and foods that are not processed.
  • When using spices, pre-packed foods, etc. make a trip to a Health Food Store and buy them without the harmful ingredients.

It’s your life and your health we are talking about.  I’m sure that the cost will be made up in increased energy, less doctor visits and missed work.  I assure you that just because you are eating organic and healthy that is doesn’t have to taste bad.  Ask any of my friends and family – I love to eat.  I love the taste of food.  When Julia Child was asked by her husband what she liked to do, her reply was “eat”!  That is so me! I have been doing it for years and while I understand and sympathize with the expense it is worth it and the healthy alternatives most often actually taste better than those chemical laden counterparts.

A few good example of previous recommendations are switching from table salt to sea salt and from conventional ground beef to grass-fed organic beef.  Give them a try for a few months then try your “old friends” again – and you will quickly see why I recommend the things that I do.

Foods and products that you may not realize contain MSG are: chips, candy, gum, medications, vitamin and nutritional supplements, vaccines and bottled drinks. I am not trying to scare you, I just want you to be aware and be careful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.