Baby Step # 30 ~ MSG Awareness

Headaches, nausea, diarrhea, mood changes, sleep problems, flushing of the skin, excessive sweating, chest pain, facial pressure, and hyperactivity… damage to the central nervous system, endocrine organ disorders, cardiac distress…

What do these have in common?

These are a few of the reported affects of MSG.

In my Nutrition class at school we read and discussed some of the shocking facts about MSG and it being a common ingredient in many of our processed foods.

MSG doesn’t even have to always be listed on our labels if it falls under certain categories.  Here is a list of some of the names it can be called under our current system…

~ Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
~ Hydrolyzed plant protein
~ Natural flavor (great!  that’s in almost everything pre-packaged these days!)
~ Kombu extract
~ Autolyzed yeast
~ Sodium caseinate or calcium caseinate (hydrolyzed milk proteins, often found in frozen dairy products, like ice cream and yogurt, hot chocolate mixes, breads, and processed meats.)

These are added solely to enhance flavor.  They add no nutritional value to the food.  They are common and have spread to many processed foods and restaurant foods, including sauces, soups, salad dressings, etc.

Even more disgusting, “Hydrolyzed protein is a natural flavoring from animal blood or other decaying protein sources.”  This substance then is subjected to a process where they add Sodium hydroxide (which is commercially sold as Drano) to neutralize the solution.

It’s these synthetic versions that wreak havoc according to my sources.

We also learned that you can ask your pharmacist for test strips to insert into your food to see if it contains MSG.  The strip changes color if it is present in the food.

A lot of times eating out, you may feel worse after eating, compared with eating at home.  My sources say to suspect MSG as a potential culprit.

So please be aware as you make your informed choices out there!

Blessings abundant!


*All of my quotes are from my Nutrition class and these sources…

In Bad Taste:  The MSG Syndrome, by George R. Schwartz, M.D.
~ Alfred Scopp of the Northern California Headache Clinic
The Edell Health Letter, Vol. 10, No. 19, October 1991
Let’s Live by Bonnie Liebman, April 1992
Tufts University Diet & Niutritional Letter, Vol. 9, No. 12


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