What is MSG?
MSG stands for Monosodium Glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate. It is a sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. It is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer. It has the HS code 29224220 and the E number E621.
Glutamic Acid – in its unprocessed form – is a common and naturally occurring amino acid found in numerous foods like meats, milk, cheese and certain vegetables. Although they occur naturally in many foods, the flavor contributions made by glutamic acid and other amino acids were only scientifically identified early in the twentieth century. The substance was discovered and identified in the year 1866, by the German chemist Karl Heinrich Leopold Ritthausen. In 1907, Japanese researcher Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University identified brown crystals left behind after the evaporation of a large amount of kombu broth as glutamic acid. These crystals, when tasted, reproduced the ineffable but undeniable flavor he detected in many foods, most especially in seaweed. Professor Ikeda termed this flavor umami.
Although once associated with foods in Chinese restaurants, MSG is now used by most fast-food chains and in many foodstuffs, in particular, processed foods.
- Prepared stocks often known as stock cubes or bouillon cubes
- Condiments such as barbecue sauce and salad dressings
- Canned, frozen, or dried prepared food
- Common snack foods such as flavoured jerky, flavoured potato chips (crisps) and flavoured tortilla chips
- Seasoning mixtures
It was introduced into the Western diet in 1948. Before that, our ancestors lived their whole lives without MSG.
McDonald’s and most other fast food restaurants use MSG to help sell their foods. MSG is very inexpensive and makes the food taste good – which in many ways is similar to sugar – both are just as bad as each other!!
MSG, like L-cysteine and Aspartame, are excitotoxins, chemical transmitters that allow brain cells to communicate. Excitotoxins are exactly what they sound like: Toxins like MSG that excite your brain cells to DEATH!
What are the side effects of MSG?
A commonly known side effect of MSG is the “MSG headache.”
Other negative side effects include:
- Flushing, Sweating
- Sense of facial pressure or tightness
- Numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth
- Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
- Chest pain, Shortness of breath
- Nausea, Weakness
- Irritable Bowel Symptoms
- Anxiety, Restlessness, Sleep Disturbance
Not only does MSG cause the above side effects, but MSG also has an addictive effect on the body, by making the person crave more bad foods and eating more even though they are full! Which then leads to obesity and a whole pile of health problems.
Did you know…?
That food companies disguise MSG on packaging by using different terms? This makes it difficult for consumers to stop eating foods that contain MSG.
It is really up to you to read food label packaging carefully.
The following are additives that contain MSG:
- Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolysed Protein, Hydrolysed Plant Protein, Plant Protein Extract, Textured Protein
- Sodium Caseinate, Calcium Caseinate
- Yeast Extract, Autolyzed Yeast
- Hydrolysed Oat Flour
The following additives show that there is a strong indication of MSG additives:
- Malt Extract
- Bouillon, Broth
- Natural Flavoring
- Seasoning, Spices
Well, if you are trying to lose weight/have health problems, it is recommended that you avoid all processed foods (everything that is man-made), anything that is packaged and in boxes which contain a whole heap of ingredients that you have no idea what they are. Most likely to have MSG in them.
When you do your food shopping, shop only around the perimeter of the store which is meat, fruit & veggies, dairy, eggs and frozen vegies. Avoid the juices and frozen pies/icecreams. Only go in the aisles for dark chocolate (at least 70% min. cocoa), personal care, cleaning goods and things like cling wrap and baking paper.
I can tell you now it will be beneficial to your health to eat WHOLE, REAL, GOOD FOODS!!
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