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July 31, 2012

MSG And Your Brain

MSG is a neurotoxin and excitotoxin. It excites your brain cells to death. In other words, it kills your brain cells. It is doubly dangerous for children because their blood-brain barrier has not yet fully developed.

MSG is in almost all processed foods and almost all restaurant food. It can even be found in organic packaged foods. For example, one day I was looking for organic beef broth. I picked up a package and read the ingredients and saw autolyzed yeast, a hidden source of MSG.

You will see many packages on the grocery store shelf that say

  • No MSG
  • No Added MSG
  • No MSG Added

But if you look closer at the ingredients list, if you know the names for the “Hidden Sources of MSG,” you will almost always find them.

Some of the most common hiding places for MSG are

  • broth
  • natural flavors, any kind of flavoring
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein, anything hydrolyzed
  • yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient
  • gelatin
  • calcium caseinate
  • corn gluten
  • anything with glutamate in the name
  • glutamic acid
  • anything with protein in the name, i.e. protein extracted from the whole food
  • carrageenan
  • citric acid
  • any kind of enzymes

If you have the 2007 edition of Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … the list is on page 61, under free glutamates.

MSG is only one of many food additives that are dangerous to your health. Make sure you know how to identify those additives that are harmful to you and your family.

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