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What is MSG?
And the Various Names for MSG
What is MSG? MSG is called Monosodium Glutamate.
Unfortunately, this neurotoxin or excitotoxin can be found in
foods at your local restaurants (namely Chinese), super markets, and even at your health
Monosodium glutamate has made its way into
everything from baby food to your favorite shampoo. Fortunately, many
people have now become aware of this toxin.
Also, you will need to learn about the health problems associated with
MSG and the many different names for MSG or Monosodium Glutamate -
because there are many!
What is MSG Related Health Problems?
- Hives & Rash
- Blurred Vision
- Chills &
- Joint Pain
- Rage Reactions
- Panic Attacks
- Migraine Headache
- Frequent Urination
- Stomach Cramps
Rise or Drop in Blood Pressure
Who Created MSG or Monosodium Glutamate?
In 1908, a Japanese scientist named Kikunae Ikeda discovered Monosodium Glutamate and its relationship to making foods taste great.
Shortly after this discovery the world-wide use of MSG began to explode.
It was first sold under the name Ajinomoto and was used as a "flavor enhancer". I still remember the jingle for that commercial and of course we had a bottle in our kitchen.
It is still used as a "flavor enhancer" to this day and under various names .... such as Accent!
The biggest problem is that it's being used right under our noses and in most of our favorite foods, shampoos, and supplements.
What is MSG?
MSG is Freed Glutamic Acid
- Most people know MSG as Monosodium Glutamate which is a salt of Glutamic Acid.
- Glutamic Acid is an amino acid present in most protein rich foods and plants and is also found in the human body.
- In its unprocessed or natural state it presents no problems.
- However, processed free glutamic acid, which has been freed from protein through a manufacturing process or even fermentation is what causes the problems for sensitive people.
- MSG is Processed Free Glutamic Acid.
Various Names for MSG
- These ingredients will contain a Good Amount of MSG
These Always Contain MSG...
Hydrolyzed corn gluten
These Often Contain MSG or Create MSG during Processing...
Natural pork flavoring
Bouillon and Commercial broths
Whey protein concentrate
Flavor(s) & Flavoring(s)
Natural chicken flavoring
Soy protein isolate
Commercial soy sauce
Soy protein concentrate
Seasonings (the word "seasonings")
MSG is a Dangerous Neurotoxin AKA Excitotoxin
A neurotoxin is a substance that causes damage to your central nervous system.
MSG crosses the blood-brain barrier and can excite your nerve cells to death.
This may cause more damage to the young .... whose blood-brain barrier is not fully developed.
The elderly are also at great risk, because they have a weakened blood-brain barrier and are less able to keep excessive amounts from getting into their brains.
If you're pregnant, it may even affect your unborn baby.
MSG - The Hidden Killer!
What is MSG doing in Fermented Foods?
People who are extremely sensitive to MSG may need to refrain from all fermented foods as this process may create some MSG.
For the vast majority of people, fermented foods will not be a problem.
In fact, many fermented foods come with a lot of health benefits such as probiotics.
I guess you will have to weigh the benefits of fermented foods against your sensitivity to MSG.
Fermented Foods with High Amounts
- Commercial Parmesan Cheese
- Commercial Soy Sauce
- Commercial Fish Sauce
- Commercial Yogurt
Commercially prepared foods and the manufactured version of MSG will probably cause much more adverse reactions.
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