Food Ingredients Warnings MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
MSG is a neurotoxin … also much like fluoride but that is another topic..
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(Monosodium Glutamate AKA: Gelatin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP),Yeast Extract, Malted Barley Rice Syrup, yeast extract, or Brown Rice Syrup and more code names…it’s a killer!)
And…GMO Soy is everywhere!
It’s cheap to grow… yields bumper crops… and the texture is so flexible that it’s hidden in foods you’d never suspect to find it (like hamburgers and a lot of packaged foods).
In fact, it’s estimated that more than 60% of the products found in supermarkets now contain some form of soy! Long touted as a “health food”, Soy contains “isoflavones” that have even recently been marketed as helpful to men looking to build muscle and live a healthier lifestyle.
But it’s a great big LIE!
Did you know that 100g of soy protein has as much estrogen as a birth control pill?
Now that’s bad enough for women, (breast cancer…etc) but if you’re a guy, think about what taking a birth control pill would do to YOU! It will send your testosterone levels into a mayday nosedive! In fact, with so many food manufacturers silently sneaking soy into our food, it’s no wonder that so many men are now suffering from symptoms of low testosterone (or “low t”).
It doesn’t matter how old you are – every man needs to know the dangers you face.
You probably recognize some of these terms if you read labels at all. You might wonder, “Where are they getting all this hydrolyzed protein,” and you will feel nauseated when you find out.
Hydrolyzed protein is often made from un-salable vegetables. These ugly (rotten?) veggies are boiled, not in water, but in vats of acid. The plant tissues are broken up and acidified and eaten away by caustic chemicals. It doesn’t end there. After this bath in acid, the veggie-acid slurry is then neutralized with a caustic soda. When this is added, the proteins coagulate into a brown sludge that then bubbles up to and solidifies as a sludge mat on the surface of the vat. This brown sludge (the end product!) is dried and powdered and is sold as hydrolyzed protein and is next seen on your tongue after eating that Dorito or those ramen noodles. Natural, from nature, yeah.
So whats the big deal, what is this chemical and what is it doing after all? MSG is a glutamic acid. Glutamates are neurotransmitters that effect the signaling of nerve impulses in certain neurons. With respect to flavor, taste is facilitated by the selective excitation of your tastebuds (neurons) (see these two links for some of the anatomy and physiology abound taste and smell). Glutamates such as MSG bind to a certain receptor (protein lock-and-key structure) called taste metabotropic glutamate receptor 4, truncated metabotropic glutamate receptor 1, or taste receptor 1 (T1R1) and T1R3 dimers that sit on the umami tastebud.
MSG is a pure form of a substance that our bodies usually see bound up in complex protein structures like the myofibrils in meat fibers. Because of this purity, it is absorbed extremely rapidly by our bodies (especially when it is in a liquid form, as so much of it is). When we are hit by a large bolus or amount of MSG, we experience excitotoxicity (not just some of us, all of us. Only certain people identify and correlate certain sensations to the ingestion of a bolus of MSG.
Many of us are dosed continuously all day by low level exposures, leading to a near constant state of neuronal excitation). Another chemical which does the same thing and which is just as ubiquitous is aspartate (nutra-sweet).
How MSG is bad for us
Early on (in the 50s) studies reported significant issues relating to the exposure of mammals to MSG. If neonatal rats were given a single exposure to MSG, the neurons in the inner layer of their retina were killed. It was also reported that certain parts of their brains were injured as well (the hypothalamus). When considering various findings of MSG exposure in the rat, remember that humans are some 5-6 times more sensitive to MSG than rats.
At one point, researchers determined that rats would be an excellent model for the study of obesity after the exposure to MSG. MSG is a chemoinducer of obesity, type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome X in the rat. (lesion of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH) by administering monosodium glutamate) Thus, MSG is used in the lab to induce obesity in ratsMSG is used in the lab to induce obesity in rats.
There is evidence that MSG disrupts the endocrine relationship between meta-thermoregulatory modulators like Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and leptin and their target tissue, brown fat. What this means is that MSG reduces the thermogenicity of brown fat while also suppressing food intake (hypophagia).
What this means on a practical level is that MSG will make you gain weight even as you decrease your caloric intake (these animals were not put on a diet, they chose to eat less).
If you ever say to yourself, “I hardly eat at all but I STILL gain weight,” you are not imagining things.
It is not an exaggeration to say that MSG is a cornerstone ingredient that makes our modern food industry possible. There are many more topics related to MSG that I have not covered here, but the few that I did cover should be enough to prompt most readers to learn more about MSG. I, for one, am going to give an MSG-free diet a try for our whole family. We have some pretty serious ADD dynamics happening for us, and it will be interesting to see if the reduction and perhaps eventual elimination of MSG from our diets does us any good in terms of ADD symptomology.
Going MSG-free is an extremely daunting notion. The hidden use of MSG is growing explosively with every passing yearhidden use of MSG is growing explosively with every passing year. I personally feel, after having read various scientific papers and sites in preparation for this post, that our obesity (in my family) is in large part a result of a complex interplay between MSG, insulin, and other thermoregulatory and homeostatic hormones.
Its not enough to reduce calories (I know first hand on that) and its not enough to “eat right.” I am convinced, now more than ever, that its the casual and unnecessary doping of our foods with chemicals like MSG that has lead us into obesity.
I know that some people do not believe the concerns about MSG in our food. For those people, I suggest, as a start, take a look at this rss bibliography from Medline (regarding just MSG and obesity, unfortunately limited to just the first 100 citations) for references useful in understanding what science has known for some time, that MSG is not a benign food additive.
I appreciate that you have read this far and I look forward to any of your comments.
*Note to All: Let me first say that this is not a post about what I think you should eat. I respect that you make the decisions which you need to make. You have your own special needs and desires around food. I guess all I ask is that you consume this post with an understanding that I am simply trying to educate my readers about the science of Monosodium Glutamate. This is not a discussion about whether you have a “real” food allergy or sensitivity nor is it about whether you believe that there are even any such things as allergies or sensitivities. It seems that the food blog world has this odd fascination with debating whether: 1) there actually exist food allergies or 2) if they are simply sensitivities. This post is not about any of that.
MSG by any other name…….
In Japan, MSG is labeled as アミノ酸 or Ajinomoto
In China, MSG = wie jing
In the Phillipines, MSG = Vetsin
In Thailand, MSG = phong churot
In Germany, MSG = Natriumglutaminat
In Europe – MSG = E621, but avoid E620-625 as they also contain glutamate
The following Fast Food menu items contain MSG:
The Following McDonald’s® Items:
Grilled Chicken Filet
Hot and Spicy Chicken Patty
Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad
Grilled Chicken California Cobb Salad
Sausage Scrambled Egg Mix, Sausage, and Sausage Patty
French Fries – a “seasoning” made from beef, wheat and milk, processed to break down the proteins into free amino acids like glutamate) is added to the oil the fries are precooked in. US laws allow “natural flavoring” to consist of “protein hydrolysates” containing free glutamic acid. (That’s why they do it – to free glutamate to act like MSG so they can declare a “clean label” while misleading the consumer.)
The Following Burger King® Items:
Breaded Chicken Patty
Spicy Chicken Patty
Breaded Tendercrisp Chicken
BK Chicken Fries
Garden Veggie Patty – contains hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat – which contains free glutamate
Ranch dipping sauce
Ken’s Fat Free Ranch Dressing
The Following KFC® products:
Roasted Ceasar Salad (WITHOUT dressing and croutons)
Crispy Ceasar Salad (WITHOUT dressing)
Roasted BLT Salad (WITHOUT dressing)
Crispy BLT Salad (WITHOUT dressing
Hidden Valley – The Original Fat Free Ranch Dressing
KFC Creamy Parmesan Ceasar Dressing – contains parmesan cheese – very high in MSG naturally
KFC Garlic Parmesan Croutons Pouch – contains parmesan cheese – very high in MSG naturally
KFC Famous Bowls – Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
KFC Famous Bowls – Rice with Gravy
KFC Snacker – Chicken
KFC Snacker – Honey BBQ
Honey BBQ Sandwich
Double Crunch Sandwich
Oven Roasted Twister
Oven Roasted Twister (WITHOUT sauce)
Tender Roast Sandwich
Tender Roast Sandwich(WITHOUT sauce)
Original Recipe Chicken (its in the marinade – it’s literally soaked in MSG and salt)
Extra Crispy – MSG is in both the marinade AND the breading
Colonel’s Crispy Strips
Chicken Pot Pie
Boneless HBBQ Wings
Boneless Fiery Buffalo Wings
Sweet and Spicy Boneless Wings
Green Beans (yeah, this shocked us too)
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Chick – fil – A® we’ll examine this menu next, but we’re not optimistic, the Chicken Sandwich has MSG in it.
The best advice to anyone visiting a Fast Food establishment if you have to:
AVOID all CHICKEN items
AVOID all SAUSAGE items
AVOID all PARMESAN products
AVOID all Ranch dressings – stick to oil and vinegar Italian
AVOID KFC altogether – we’re not kidding
AVOID Dipping Sauces
The following foods contain MSG or its business end – the free amino acid glutamate – in amounts large enough to cause reactions in those sensitive to it.:
Taco Bell® – seasoned meat – contains autolyzed yeast – which contains free glutamate
Other menu items that contain soy sauce, natural flavors, autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein which can contain up to 20% free glutamic acid – the active part of MSG.
Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles® (targeted towards children)
Pringles® (the flavored varieties)
Boar’s Head® cold cuts and most of their hotdogs
Progresso® Soups – all of them
Lipton® Noodles and Sauce
Lipton® Instant soup mix
Unilever or Knorr® products – often used in homemade Veggie dips.
Kraft® products nearly all contain some free glutamate
Cup-a-soup® or Cup-o-Noodles®
Planters® salted nuts – most of them
Accent® -this is nearly pure MSG
Braggs® Liquid Aminos – sold at Whole Foods
Hodgson Mill Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour®
Tangle extract (seaweed extract) – found in sushi rolls (even at Whole Foods) Seaweed is what MSG was first isolated from.
Fish extract – made from decomposed fish protein – used now in Japanese sushi dishes – very high in free glutamate.
sausages – most supermarkets add MSG to theirs
processed cheese spread
supermarket poultry or turkeys that are injected or “self-basting”
restaurant gravy from food service cans
flavored ramen noodles
boullion – any kind
instant soup mixes
many salad dressings
most salty, powdered dry food mixes – read labels
flavored potato chips
restaurant soups made from food service soup base or with added MSG
hydrolyzed vegetable protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
hydrolyzed plant protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
autolyzed yeast (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, read labels)
beet juice – it is used as a coloring, but MSG is manufactured from beets and the extract may contain free glutamic acid – Yo Baby – organic baby yogurt has just changed the formula to include beet extract
yeast food or nutrient
soy protein isolate
dry milk and whey powder
“natural flavors” – may contain up to 20% MSG
malted barley flour – found in many supermarket breads and all-purpose flours including: King Arthur, Heckers, and Gold Medal flour
body builder drink powders containing protein
Parmesan cheese – naturally high in free glutamate
over-ripe tomatoes – naturally high in free glutamate
mushrooms – naturally high in free glutamate
Medications in gelcaps – contain free glutamic acid in the gelatin
Cosmetics and shampoos – some now contain glutamic acid
Fresh produce sprayed with Auxigro in the field. (Yes the EPA approved this. It appalled us too.)
Be aware it is not just the brand names mentioned, but many similar products to the ones listed also contain MSG. You must read labels. These product names were given as examples of the many products that contain MSG.
Four good rules of thumb are:
The more salty a processed food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate.
The more processed a food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate: powdered stuff that used to be food is likely to have added MSG because the original flavor has been degraded.
The more ingredients in a packaged food, the more likely MSG is present. Read labels carefully if a food has more than five ingredients.
Do not trust something simply because it is in a health food store and the label states it is natural or even organic.
The next wave of hastily approved “MSG replacers” you may wish to avoid will be cropping up all the time.
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Scientists have called for urgent research into the impact of soya on unborn children. It follows tests on rats which suggest a chemical in soya can damage the male reproductive organs.
There is no evidence to suggest it has a similar effect on humans – there have been no such reports from Asia, where soya is a major part of the diet.
These are serious questions that need answering to.
Researchers in the United States said its effects on rats were so severe that tests were needed to ensure it was safe for pregnant women to eat.
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health fed pregnant rats a diet laced with genistein – a chemical found in soya.
Large amounts of genistein are found in some baby formula milks and in some supplements taken by women as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
According to a report in New Scientist magazine, the scientists found that male rats exposed to high levels of genistein in the womb grew up to have larger prostate glands and smaller testes.
The rats had normal sperm counts and would behave as if they wanted to mate when placed with females. However, they were unable to ejaculate.
The effects were just as severe in males that did not eat genistein after weaning as it was in those that continued eating it.
They suggested that this indicated that exposure in the womb and during breast feeding has the biggest impact.The scientists also found that male rats exposed to genistein had a slightly large thymus gland, an organ that produces immune cells.
This contradicts previous studies which suggested it has the opposite effect on the thymus gland.
To add to the confusion, the scientists also found that moderate levels of genistein had an evenbigger effect on males rats than large doses. The researchers said their findings had caused them concern.
Sabra Klein, one of those involved in the study, said: “The urologists on this project are actually advising pregnant women to avoid soya.”
Rice Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup
Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract
Vegetable Protein (HVP),
When you see the word “citric acid” in prepared food ingredient lists, think MSG. Industrial citric acid is not made from citrus fruits, its made from corn. Its not pure either. Once the citric acid is made from corn, it is contaminated by corn proteins which the producers (e.g., Archer Daniels Midland Company – ADM) do not waste time or money on removing. Those proteins are degraded or hydrolyzed into free MSG. (See this link for this information and more).
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