MSG (monosodium glutamate) is one of the top ingredients I do my best to avoid. MSG is used as a flavoring in many, many foods. I am always looking for it in the things I buy and eat. You will normally find it on a food label as monosodium glutamate.
Why is it so bad?
*Can cause headaches and migraines
*It affects brain cells
*It is an addictive substance, causing you to crave the foods that contain it (hmmm…how convenient for the makers of the products)
*It triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing obesity
*It is an excitotoxin, which contributes to neurodegenerative diseases, which includes:
Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
Parkinson’s disease (PD)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
There are food additives that contain MSG, which should be watched for~ These are said to always contain MSG: Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Hydrolyzed Protein Hydrolyzed Plant Protein Plant Protein Extract Sodium Caseinate Calcium Caseinate Yeast Extract Textured Protein (Including TVP) Autolyzed Yeast Hydrolyzed Oat Flour Corn Oil Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG Malt Extract Malt Flavoring Bouillon Broth Stock Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins Carrageenan Enzymes Soy Protein Concentrate Soy Protein Isolate Whey Protein Concentrate (source)
|(Source)|It may seem impossible to avoid MSG, but I do the best I can. I do enjoy occasional meals at a restaurant with my husband, and find it convenient at times to go through a drive-thru when I’m out for a long day, but I do my best to make it only occasional. MSG is a food additive that can lead to health problems and disease, and unfortunately the makers and users of it care more about making money than the effects it has on our health.
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