Monday, March 3, 2008


In my mission to help people make better informed choices about what they put into their bodies and their children's bodies, here is my public service announcement on MSG. MSG is insidious, its main purpose? Flavor enhancer. They created the 1st strain of obese mouse using this stuff, it can cause brain lesions (irreversible damage), has been linked to ADD, Autism and other neurological disorders, basically this is bad stuff for your brain. The FDA knows it is bad stuff yet it allows it in our food supply because it sells more products. This stuff hits certain receptors on your tongue, enters your bloodstream, works on your brain as an excito toxin (much like aspartame) and can make you addicted to products. It also has a hand in the obesity epidemic. They have added "labeling laws" that require labeling of foods that contain MSG (mono sodium glutamate). But, those crafty manufacturers have figured a way around that. There are over 200 other ingredients that DO the same thing but since they all have different names, if a product does not have "mono sodium glutamate" as an ingredient then the product can carry the label "NO MSG" and still have MSG in it. Nice, huh? Want to read more: and here about labeling

Want to know other ingredients to watch out for, here they are. Now go check your pantry and be amazed at how many things have MSG, even multiple sources...It is super common in things like breading, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce and other dips. Check those labels.

* Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG *

Monosodium Glutamate
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
Gelatin (including all supplements and/or vitamins in gelatin capsules)
Autolyzed Plant Protein
Glutamatic Acid

* Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG *

Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Natural Flavors/Flavoring
Natural Beef / Chicken / Pork / Smoke flavoring
Vegetable Gum
Torula Yeast
Modified Food Starch
Carmel Flavoring
Enzyme Modified "anything"
Ultra-pasteurized "anything"
Fermented "anything"
Dry Milk Solids
Milk Powder
Dough Conditioners
Citric Acid (when processed from corn)

* Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins *

Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein
Soy Protein Isolate
Soy Sauce
Soy Extract
Whey Protein Concentrate
Whey Protein
Whey Protein Isolate
Rice Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup


Anonymous said...

Hi Terri - Thanks for writing this blog (and thanks so much for the "shout out" to me in your last blog.) I was diagnosed with celiac disease last summer and have been carefully watching my intake of gluten over the last several months. People have no clue what they are doing to their bodies with additives like MSG. I am on a mission to teach the world to eat foods with as few ingredients as possible - that's the simplest way to avoid all the nasty stuff. It also allows for lots of yummy stuff too - look at the ingredient list on a bag of regular potato chips: potatoes, oil, salt. We must all work toward ridding the world of MSG - good job my friend!!!

P.S. The Patriots are my heart and soul team, please never hurt again me like you did last month...

Clairissa said...

Hello! I've been scouring your website and am astounded by all the information you offer. Thank you for this service. One question on the MSG ... it seems that EVERYTHING contains citric acid in it and there is no way of knowing if it's derived from corn. It's in a ton of organic foods, too. So I'm confused. Do I avoid all foods with citric acid, even if organic? I was just diagnosed with MS and am in the midst of a major diet change. thanks!