Danger of MSG
MSG has been known to be the most dangerous additive in our food so I decided to make it this week blog. You can’t even imagine the amount of research I had to do in order to understand and explain what that is, how dangerous it is, and why we still allowed to use it in our food.
So here you go let’s begin….
What is MSG – MSG is technically, a "flavor enhancer". It activates the tastebuds, making them more receptive to flavor. It makes CHEAP AND BAD food taste better. If that was all that it did, there would be no problem but unfortunately, it isn't. The FDA has not caught on to the problem yet and MSG maintains its status, "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS). It should be banned, especially since it is abused by the food industry so much.
MSG is the most addicting food additive and has same effect as nicotine. More of it you eat more you want. That is one of the reasons America is so overweight. Actually scientists were creating obese mice and rats by injecting them with MSG when they are first born to use in diet or diabetes test studies. They even have a title for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats".
So no wonder why we keep getting bigger. Every time we buy frozen food, can of soup or just deli meat we keep injecting ourselves with the drug –MSG. Even baby food has MSG. It is usually called –natural flavoring.
Let me give you some health problems (side effects) when it comes down to MSG:
Some people are sensitive to it. When they eat products that contain MSG they get allergic reaction. Now problem is here: when somebody is allergic to i.e. nuts they know that when they buy the product it would be labeled” have traces of nuts “so that way we know not to buy it. MSG laws do not require that so the label might say no MSG but it might have other names MSG might go by.
Here are some names witch companies use to hide MSG:
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Textured Protein (Including TVP)
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
The other problem with MSG is flavor enhancer which dramatically stimulates appetite and causes binging. Have we ever wondered why can’t we eat just few chips .It’s because MSG. It addicts you to certain food and you can’t stop eating. Even if we would try to buy food with no MSG the industry has gotten so tricky that they have started putting it (MSG) under the so called “secret ingredient” list. So when you think you buy something healthy it might be not so healthy as you think. The names companies use could be “natural flavoring, naturally flavored, artificial and natural flavors”.
Another point I want to make that MSG is “excitotoxin” .This is a chemical that stimulates your nervous system using the mechanism that is used for fighting off the infection or removing damage tissues. Many research claim that MSG has been implicated in Alzheimer’s.
Now let me list you side effects of MSG:
Headache, sometimes called MSG headache
Sense of facial pressure or tightness
Numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth
Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
Shortness of breath
I summary, MSG is very bad for you and must be avoided. Most restaurants have already tried to cut usage of it. The problem is packaged and processed foods, especially the food you buy at fast food restaurants. So let’s try to follow every ingredient we eat and try to eat as natural as possible.