Your food with “No MSG” probably contains MSG! Hot
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An increasing number of people are wisely trying to avoid foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).  This task is made difficult, however, by deceptive food labels and the FDA rules that allow them.

Many processed foods claim to have “No MSG”.  Others merely lead consumers to believe that the product contains no MSG by omitting it from the label.  But, this practice is usually false or deceiving.  The harmful component of MSG, glutamate, can exist in many other forms.  Only when at least 99% of the glutamate in any ingredient is in the form of MSG must the label list MSG.  Otherwise, the manufacturer is free to claim that the food has “No MSG”!  This is the case even if the food otherwise contains ingredients with 98% MSG and several other forms of glutamate.

The processed food industry desparately wants to include MSG and other forms of glutamate in their food because that is the only way to make them taste good and to prevent canned foods from tasting metallic.  Russell Blaylock, MD, a prominent neurosurgeon, recently stated that, after one lecture he gave on the dangers of MSG, a processed food company representative approached him and told him that “if you convince everyone of the toxicity of this, we’ll just change the name. We’re gonna get it in the food one way or another.”

And so they have.  According to the website, Truth In Labeling Campaign, the following common ingredients ALWAYS contain glutamate:

  • Glutamic acid
  • Glutamate
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Calcium glutamate
  • Monoammonium glutamate
  • Magnesium glutamate
  • Natrium glutamate
  • Yeast extract
  • Anything “hydrolyzed …”
  • Hydrolyzed protein
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast food
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured protein
  • Soy protein
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Whey protein
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Anything “… protein”
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto

In addition, the following common ingredients on food labels OFTEN contain glutamate:

  • Carrageenan
  • Broth
  • Bouillon
  • Stock
  • Anything “… flavors” or “… flavoring”
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric acid
  • Citrate
  • Anything “ultra-pasteurized”
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Anything “enzyme modified”
  • Anything containing “enzymes”
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Anything “protein fortified”
  • Anything “fermented”
  • Seasoning
  • Spices

Finally, the following common ingredients and foods MAY contain glutamate:

  • Corn starch
  • Corn syrup
  • Modified food starch
  • Lipolyzed butter fat
  • Dextrose
  • Rice syrup
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Milk powder
  • Reduced fat milk (skim, 1%, 2%)
  • Anything “low fat” or “no fat”
  • Anything “enriched”
  • Anything “vitamin enriched”

MSG has been widely shown to cause or magnify the symptoms of various brain disorders and physical ailments, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and many others, including some less severe conditions like ADHD, general cognitive impairment, and migraine headaches.

Aspartic acid, or aspartame, better known as NutraSweet, is not the same as MSG, but it produces similar effects and should be carefully avoided in the same way.

People who care about what they eat must get in the habit of reading the small print on food labels.  But they must also realize that things may not be as they seem.  The best advice I have is to buy only whole foods and prepare ALL meals from scratch.

It’s more work, but it brings peace of mind.




Video of Russell Blaylock, MD lecture:

Mike Adams’ interview with Russell Blaylock, MD:

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