FOOD CHEMICALS: MSG
How to Avoid MSG during the Holidays!
For those people who need to avoid MSG and are looking for a symptom-free holiday season, read the ingredients labels on the food you are planning to serve.
Avoid ingredients that say:
MSG or Monosodium Glutamate
*Look out for Hidden sources of MSG! Avoid:
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein;
Plant Protein Extract;
Textured Vegetable Protein;
Whey Protein Isolate;
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer widely used in packaged/processed food. Industrialized versions (as opposed to naturally-occurring versions) of MSG are common additives (either by processing it into the food or by directly adding it) in a wide variety of packaged/processed foods, sauces, nondairy creamers, protein powders, dressings, dips, mixes, condiments, soups, and snack foods.
When present sometimes it will say “MSG” on the label, other times it will say, “Monosodium Glutamate”, and other times MSG will not be labeled directly but will be present in one of several other ingredients listed on the label*. In cases where MSG is processed into the food (as opposed to directly added), manufacturers may even use the words, “No added MSG” on the label. This should be a red flag that the food item may well contain MSG.
The food additive monosodium glutamate (commonly known as “MSG”) has been linked in empirical studies and clinical trials to a myriad of adverse symptoms including…
headaches and migraines,
diabetes/insulin resistance/impaired glucose tolerance,
weight gain / obesity,
skin abnormalities, urticaria, angioedema, intestinal disturbances,
respiratory problems including bronchoconstriction, especially for people with asthma,
enhanced threat to people with vascular disease,
cognitive impairment, difficulty concentrating,
hypertension, endocrine dysfunction,
burning sensations, pressure,
and tightness or numbness in the face, neck, and upper chest
From the upcoming book,
“The Essential Chemical-Free Shopping Guide”
Have you seen our video yet?
How (and Why) to Avoid MSG