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What You Should Know About MSG, Is It Safe or Harmful?

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Just like sugar, MSG is hiding in many different names. It is added to almost any food products you can find in supermarkets and grocery stores. Moreover, fast food restaurants are using it in many of their dishes.

Knowing all these, you might think that MSG or monosodium glutamate is a safe food flavor enhancer. In fact, there are those who try to debunk that MSG is harmful. This is what this video below is doing.

Convincing, isn’t it? But is it all there is to it?

Well, watch this video first and continue reading below.

Before we go further, let us quickly know…

What is MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)?

Monosodium glutamate, which is commonly shortened as MSG is a sodium salt of glutamic acid. MSG is present in foods like tomatoes, cheese and among other foods. In fact, it is one of the most abundant forms of amino acids, which is naturally occurring.

Since it is a naturally-occurring amino acid, most people would think it is safe. However, commercially available monosodium glutamate has a different effect in the body. Particularly, it is bad for the brain.

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a neuroscientist who dedicates his life studying the side effects of excitotoxins. In fact, he wrote the book Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, which is available on Amazon.

Here is his lecture on excitotoxins covering MSG. He talks about the history of MSG, how MSG was discovered and embraced by the food industry. Moreover, he goes in-depth into the mechanisms on how MSG attacks the brain.

This is somewhat a long lecture but there are lots of things to learn. Perhaps, at the end of the lecture, you might think twice if you still want MSG. Or, possibly, avoid MSG at all.

Hopefully, regardless the length of the video you have watched it. In fact, it is worth watching and learning the vital information. It’s about you and your health and the health of your family and friends.

Today, MSG is prevalent in most food products especially if you are in a habit of buying ready-to-eat products. On the other hand, some food manufacturers are trying to make their product stand out by putting “No MSG” on the label.

Unfortunately, many of them are simply trying to hide MSG in different names. Now, that you know the unhealthy consequences of MSG particularly on the brain, it’s worth knowing and discovering where MSG is hiding in many different names.

The Different Names of Monosodium Glutamate

As Dr. Blaylock enumerates in his lecture above, there are so many bad effects in consuming MSG. Although not all people are sensitive to it, MSG is doing its unhealthy effects silently.

In most cases, the effect can pass from a pregnant woman to the child. Hence, knowing in which names MSG is hiding is an important knowledge in avoiding it.

MSG Hidden Names

Here are the names, which is also mean MSG;

  • Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)1
  • Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
  • Glutamicamate (E2 Glutamate (E 620)
  • Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
  • Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
  • Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Calcium and SodiumCaseinate
  • Textured Protein
  • Soy and Whey Protein Isolate
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Vetsin or Ajinomoto

That’s a lot, right? But there is more. Here are the foods that often contained MSG and one of them is carregean. Dr. Blaylock mentioned carrageenan in his lecture above. It is inflammatory.

So, besides avoiding those listed above, you should also avoid the ones below;

  • Carrageenan (E 407)2
  • Citric acid, Citrate (E 330)
  • Stock, Bouillon, and broth
  • Anything that says flavoring or flavor enhancer
  • Maltodextrin
  • Anything that says ultra-pasteurized
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin (E 440)
  • Protease
  • Anything that says enzyme modified
  • When the label says containing enzymes
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce and soy sauce extract
  • Anything that says protein fortified
  • Seasonings

The majority of canned soups contained MSG. Dr. Vincent Bellonzi says even dirt can taste good with MSG. He also noted that with small amounts from natural sources is a good thing such as those found in tomatoes.

Natural Options For Replacing MSG

Those of you who are using MSG might ask, are there any alternatives or replacement for MSG? The short answer is YES. However, it is not as quick as MSG. A combination of powdered spices like garlic, turmeric, black pepper, chili, oregano, paprika and among many others can totally replace MSG.

As a matter of fact, with the right combination, it can exceed the taste in which MSG provides. Of course, you have to experiment. Fortunately, it is not difficult to experiment and adjust to your levels with these different spices.

The more often you cook, the better you become at adjusting the amount of each spice. Moreover, you have full control on the ingredients for your meals. Using these spices does not only tastes good but also provide medicinal properties.

So, opt for herbs as a natural replacement for MSG-based seasonings. If you’re trying to lose weight, using herbs is amazing in boosting your metabolism.

Therefore, keep in mind, avoid MSG and starting incorporating herbs and spices into your diet.

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