The other not-so-exciting ingredient!


Last week, I shared a post on aspartame…one of the two most common excitotoxins.


This week, we’re looking at the other major excitotoxin…monosodium glutamate (otherwise known as MSG). 


MSG is added to foods to make them taste better. Unfortunately, MSG also causes addiction to foods that contain it.


While MSG has been used commonly in Asian cuisine for some time. You may have heard the term “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”, named for the side effects that some individuals experience after visiting a Chinese restaurant where high doses of MSG are used. 


Commonly, in traditional Asian cooking MSG isn’t used in high amounts. When consumed in smaller dosages, the body can fairly easily handle these toxins. However, in the United States, food manufacturers use high amounts of MSG in their products to keep you coming back for more.


So, what’s the danger in eating MSG then…as long as the food tastes good, who cares if you keep going back for more?


Eating MSG in high doses IS a problem and is associated with the following health issues:

·     Obesity

·     Eye problems

·     Headaches

·     Fatigue and drowsiness

·     Depression

·     Disorientation

·     Numbness

·     Burning sensation

·     Tingling

·     Facial pressure or facial tightness

·     Chest pain and/or difficulty breathing

·     Nausea

·     Increased heartrate

·     Weakness


One thing that makes avoiding MSG challenging is that it hides under a lot of names.

You may be able to recognize it in the following ways: 

·     many names for MSG end in “glutamate” 

·     many names include the word “soy”

·     often it is listed as “natural flavors” or “natural flavorings” (how’s that for making you feel like you’re eating something healthy?!)


Often, however, food manufacturers do not have to list MSG (or any of its sneaky names) at all on labels. As long as MSG is not added to a product, but is merely a by-product of the manufacturing process, it does not have to be listed.


How can you avoid overeating MSG (and all of its side-effects) then? One way is to avoid foods it is commonly found in, such as:

·     Processed foods

·     Doritos

·     Pringles

·     KFC chicken

·     Hidden Valley Ranch

·     Cheetos

·     Boar’s Head cold cuts

·     Parmesan Cheese

·     Gravy

·     Protein Powders

·     Pepperoni

·     Popcorn (the buttered/packaged kind)

·     Potato chips



Eating closer to nature seems to be the answer to avoiding a lot of toxins these days, including MSG. You won’t get MSG from eating an apple or grass-fed beef. 


What’s today’s takeaway?


Check your labels, eat less processed foods, and you’ll be experiencing health that is more “exciting” while you leave the “toxins” behind!


Here’s to your TRUE Health,

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