Dr. Russell Blaylock a neurosurgeon, author, and authority on MSG (monosodium glutamate) and aspartame notes that MSG is a very toxic substance to the brain, especially to the developing brain of young children and to a developing fetus.
When compounds called “free glutamates” (glutamate is an amino acid that is a component of MSG) are added to foods to enhance the flavors, they cause the nerves in the brain to fire very rapidly and fire over and over again. This extra stimulation to the brain gets the taste buds all excited and makes the foods taste much better to us. But this rapid firing in the brain that causes excitement in our taste buds also triggers other symptoms too. Symptoms caused by MSG includes: arthritis, depression, sweating, behavior problems in children, headaches, allergic reactions, flushing, chest pain, facial numbness or pressure, heart palpitations, nausea, weakness, swelling, balance difficulties, and asthma attacks.
MSG is a flavor enhancer that can be found in Chinese foods, baby foods, infant formula, frozen dinners, crackers, salad dressings, canned veggies, soups and processed meats. Basically any food that is boxed, frozen, canned, or processed can have one of these names on the food label and you should not eat it. Cooking from scratch using whole, organic foods as much as possible is the best way to keep toxic substances like this out of your body .
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is hidden in our foods under several names. Look for any of these names on a food label that definitely contain MSG:
- autolyzed yeast extract,
- autolyzed yeast,
- monopotassium glutamate,
- textured vegetable protein or TVP,
- calcium caseinate,
- glutamic acid,
- monosodium glutamate,
- yeast extract,
- yeast nutrient or yeast food,
- hydrolyzed vegetable or plant protein,
- sodium caseinate.
MSG may be in the following products either added in or created during the processing of the products:
- soy protein
- flavors or natural flavorings
- stock, broth, or bouillion
- natural chicken, beef, or pork flavoring
- enzyme modified
- soy sauce
- soy protein isolate
- malt extract or malt flavoring
- barley malt
- corn starch
- citric acid
- powdered milk
MSG is hidden in our foods and can cause harm to your body. Be a good detective when shopping and make sure you read labels looking for hidden MSG.