It will take some doing to get food manufacturers to quit using MSG and all of its relatives. We (the public) were able to get trans fats declared on our nutrition labels, so why can’t we do it with MSG?
I read an article on Dr. Blaylock’s book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills. He mentions that a food manufacturer told him in confidence, that MSG will continue to be in foods no matter what, under different names. Pretty discouraging.
My daughter is extremely allergic to MSG, and many people who suffer from eczema actually are reacting to MSG that they eat in their foods. To eliminate it from the diet is tough, because like you say it is in just about everything. However, in recent years its been easier to find MSG free products.
Basically, your best bet if you want to avoid MSG is cook from scratch. And if you have questions regarding MSG possibly being in a product, call the customer service number listed on the item. Maybe if enough people call and complain that they can’t use a product because of MSG, the manufacturers will stop putting it in everything!!
I am preparing my next nutrition lesson (I teach to senior citizens) on Hidden MSG, and I had already been aware of other names that manufacturers try to fool you with that are actually other forms of MSG in disguise. There are around 40 other names, and some are very generic and deceiving, such as "spices" or "natural flavoring." I’ve seen such names on items listed as "All Natural" and "Organic." It is also used in pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, wax coatings on fruit, and just about anything processed and packaged. It is common in foods that have been powdered, and also in foods that list more than 5 ingredients in the packaging. Sometimes MSG is a component in one of the ingredients but not listed. Soy sauce is an example where the soy sauce is listed, but the MSG in the sauce is not listed. I’ve read in a couple resources that claims MSG is added for its addictive quality, which is why manufacturers add it to their products because the public will continue to buy and eat their products. It is added for enhancing taste by stimulating your taste buds on your tongue. However, the side effects can be damaging to the brain and links have been made to Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and other diseases.
Yet the FDA still does not require food manufacturers to be more specific on their labeling. Doing a check in my pantry and refrigerator is scary. Just about everything that is non-perishible contains the stuff. What will it take to make the FDA come down harder on the manufacturer labels? They’ve made strides in getting trans fats listed, so why not MSG?
I am struggling to keep the high fructose corn syrup and trans fats out of my house, but MSG seems to be in everything.
Is MSG in everything?
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