You all know that nicotine, alcohol, and drugs are bad for you right? How about if I told you that there is a substance in your kitchen that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous than those mentioned above?The substance is monosodium glutamate, commonly known as MSG. It is known to be in a lot of Chinese food, but what a lot of you don’t know is it is also a common ingredient in canned goods and restaurant food.
MSG is also found in:
- Canned soup
- Salad dressings
- Frozen dinners
- And baby food
BABY FOOD? Yes, baby food!
MSG is more than your regular seasoning it makes the food…
- Look fresher
- Smell better
- And covers the metallic taste of canned food
But don’t let the good stuff deceive you. MSG takes more from you than what it gives. MSG slowly damages your body on the inside.
WHAT IS MSG?
MSG or monosodium glutamate is made up of :
- About 78 percent free glutamic acid
- 21 percent sodium
- And 1 percent contaminants.
Glutamate tastes like umami, which is a savory flavor found in Japanese food, bacon, and MSG. Umami is the reason you find food with MSG so enticing.
MSG AND YOUR HEALTH
According to experts, MSG is a substance classified as an excitotoxin AKA “the taste that kills.”
When you take an excitotoxin, it excites your cells to a point where it cannot take it anymore and dies in the process and gives you brain damage and brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, And Lou Gehrig’s disease. So if you don’t want to eventually lose your mind, avoid this substance at all costs.
Your brain, nervous system, eyes, pancreas and other organs already use free glutamic acid as a neurotransmitter for a portion of the processes they perform.
Intake of more free glutamic acid, which is found in MSG causes an abnormality in your glutamate receptors. This abnormality in the receptors is said to be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea, two famous diseases of the brain.
Some glutamate receptors are also found inside your heart’s electrical conduction system also on its muscle. So if an abnormality occurs in these receptors, because you ate food with MSG, it could lead to problems with your heart.
“Also if you are an athlete, you will have lower magnesium levels and your glutamate receptors will be extremely sensitive. In other words, even small amounts of MSG can put you in big trouble, so watch out.”
Other Effects of MSG Intake
Still not afraid of MSG? Well then, did you know that MSG intake can also cause the following:
- Eye damage
- Fatigue and disorientation
- Burning sensation
- Facial tightness and pressure
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Fast heart rate
- And weakness
Staying Away From MSG
Now that you know of its dangers, you should look for ways to avoid it right? Well, here they are…
DETERMINING MSG IN FOOD PRODUCTS
Unfortunately checking the ingredient list on the canned good you just bought for MSG is difficult these days. Why? Because manufacturers already know most people want to avoid MSG. So, to keep their business running they either remove MSG as an ingredient completely, or they include ingredients that contain MSG and consumers like you would be cluelessly that you’re eating food that contains this dangerous substance.
There are about 40 different ingredients that have glutamic acid. And sometimes, glutamic acid is formed at some stage of food processing. Given the knowledge you have, it is best to avoid processed food.
Aside from processed food there are also kitchen ingredients that you should avoid because they contain MSG…
PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN MSG
|Autolyzed Yeast||Calcium Caseinate||Gelatin|
|Glutamate||Glutamic Acid||Hydrolyzed Protein|
|Monopotassium Glutamate||Monosodium Glutamate||Sodium Caseinate|
|Textured Protein||Yeast Extract||Yeast Food|
PRODUCTS THAT OFTEN CONTAIN MSG
|Flavors and Flavorings||Seasonings||Natural Flavors and Flavorings||Natural Pork Flavoring||Natural Beef Flavoring|
|Natural Chicken Flavoring||Soy Sauce||Soy Protein Isolate||Soy Protein||Bouillon|
|Stock||Broth||Malt Extract||Malt Flavoring||Barley Malt|
|Anything Enzyme Modified||Carrageenan||Maltodextrin||Pectin||Enzymes|
|Protease||Corn Starch||Citric Acid||Powdered Milk||Anything Protein Fortified|
Extra information on something is always interesting, right? Here are some interesting facts on MSG that might be of entertainment to you.
MSG has been in the industry for quite a while now, it was discovered in the year 1908 by a Japanese citizen named Kikunae Ikeda.
Kikunae Ikeda discovered the natural taste enhancing substance in seaweed and later on produced the first man-made MSG product. He then founded Ajinomoto, a company known today as the world’s largest MSG producer.
Did you know MSG became a hit in the United States after world war two because American soldiers realized that American food became tastier in its Japanese version due to MSG?
Did you know that MSG became a big hit in the United States market, and was called “Accent.”
In 1959 the United State’s Food and Drug Administration labeled MSG as GRAS or “Generally recognized as safe.” Until ten years later when the “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” came to the country where American citizens complained about heart numbness after consuming MSG.
During the 1970’s, about 25-30 percent of people of the United States are said to be unable to consume MSG without experiencing negative effects. And today it has risen to an estimated amount of 40 percent.
Today the “Chinese Restaurant syndrome” is called “MSG Symptom Complex” which the FDA says as only a short-term reaction to the said substance. And this “short term reaction” occurs In people with asthma and healthy people who take large doses of the substance.
Decide For Yourself
These are the diseases and effects that you may experience with the intake of Monosodium glutamate or MSG. So what are you waiting for? change your grocery lists and cross out that MSG-contaminated food and replace them with healthy and fresh, unprocessed food.
Fresh and unprocessed food may cost a bit more and may take more time to prepare, but treating the diseases caused by MSG may cost thousands more. Taking more time to prepare food is always better especially if it is for the health and welfare of your family.
Processed food can never be totally erased from your diet, but avoiding it to the point where your MSG intake does not affect your health is never a bad idea.
Minimize your MSG intake and prevent the dangerous diseases that in may cause, because after all “prevention is always better than cure”