by Rose Cole
I was shocked last week when I did a scavenger hunt for this brain-damaging-toxin in my kitchen and found it in 4 of my food products!
I know you’ve heard about MSG – most people know it isn’t good for them, but they have no idea why. MSG is short for Monosodium Glutamate, and it’s a food additive. The most widely known place it is used is in Asian dishes, but really it’s everywhere.
It was introduced in the 1940s (honestly, why would we still be eating a food additive that came from that era?? Science has progressed *so* much since then) and it was added to food as a “flavor enhancer.”
Since then, we realized that it does change the flavor of food, but also contains neurotoxins that affect your brain. They can, in some cases, cause damage to your brain, but they also can cause you to actually be addicted to food! (how convenient for the food industry!)
MSG stimulates a sensation in our brain which feels like getting a hug from the inside, which is why we keep eating these foods. But we *think* it’s because of the taste. Then we get addicted to the feeling. (creepy!)
Since we have all started to get wise to MSG, the food companies thought they’d try to pull a fast one on us, and started calling it by other names. The FDA is trying to crack down on this, but just remember to check your labels! Just because it says “NO MSG” doesn’t mean there aren’t other sources of glutamate that are just as damaging!
Here are just a *few* of the names you can find on your labels that are equal to MSG:
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
Autolyzed Plant Protein
Yeast food or nutrient
Extract Senomyx (wheat extract labeled as artificial flavor)
The most common places to find MSG is fast food restaurants (like KFC), canned soups, frozen dinners, and seasoning salt.
Please check the food you are eating. I hate to think of all of the people out there who are needlessly suffering because of those sneaky food manufacturers… not to mention our children eating this Cr*p!
From Sarah: Rose is a fantastic, experienced nutritionist. Learn more from her at her site