Hidden In Plain Sight… Toxins In Our Everyday Foods


MSG, remember this little ingredient? You don’t hear much about MSG these days but it is still widely used. We have all heard “MSG” is bad for us and we should steer clear of it. However, many are truly unaware of the reasons we shouldn’t consume it, what it is used for, or that it even exists. Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG as we know it, is an additive used to enhance the flavor of food. A form of concentrated salt from the amino acid glutamate, an amino acid naturally produced by our bodies. However the form of Glutamate found on shelves in grocery stores, and ultimately in our homes, is not a natural source and is produced, in a lab, from chemically processed fermented sugar beets . MSG can be found in most all processed foods and snacks. Processed MSG wrecks major havoc on our bodies. Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) is an excitotoxin which causes cell damage and cell death by over stimulating cells in the body and the brain.

MSG in foods has been said to cause, obesity, weight gain, skin rashes, hives, itching, migraine headaches, asthma, heart irregularities, nausea, depression, seizures, and vomiting, to name a few, in people with MSG sensitivities. Everyone, even those without an MSG sensitivity can be internally effected from consuming this toxin. Because MSG is an Excitotoxin, consuming it causes the brain to become overstimulated and release dopamine tricking the body into feeling a sense of satisfaction every time these foods are consumed, which is how one becomes addicted to msg containing foods. It’s also know to cause severe damage to internal organs. Consuming MSG can cause liver inflammation, which leads to many other diseases like autoimmune disease, dysplasia, which leads to cancer, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and MS.

MSG can be found in most of the things we consume daily, even some of the foods we believe are healthy. The food industry has become very savvy in disguising MSG. When looking for “MSG” on products you will not find it. However, I have compiled a list below of all the clever names, on ingredient labels, for MSG. While it may be almost impossible to completely avoid our exposure to MSG 100% of the time, having knowledge of where it is being used and maintaing a diet of mostly whole foods helps to lower the chance of consuming high amounts of this toxin. Take a look at the list below, then head into your kitchen and see how much of your food contains MSG….. WARNING, prepare to be shocked!

Names of ingredients that ALWAYS contain glutamic acid(MSG):

  • Glutamic acid
  • Glutamate
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Calcium glutamate
  • Monoammonium glutamate
  • Magnesium glutamate
  • Natrium glutamate
  • Yeast extract
  • Anything “hydrolyzed”
  • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
  • Calcium caseinate,  Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured protein
  • Soy protein, soy protein concentrate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Whey protein, whey protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Anything “…protein”
  • Ajinomoto
  • Carrageenan
  • Bouillon and broth
  • Stock
  • Any “flavors” or “flavoring”
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric acid, Citrate
  • Anything “ultra-pasteurized”
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Anything “enzyme modified”
  • Anything containing “enzymes”
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce
  • Anything “protein fortified”
  • Anything “fermented”
  • Seasonings
  • Corn starch
  • Corn syrup
  • Modified food starch
  • Lipolyzed butter fat
  • Dextrose
  • Rice syrup
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Milk powder
  • Reduced fat milk (skim; 1%; 2%)
  • Most things low fat or no fat
  • Anything “Enriched”
  • Anything Vitamin enriched

Well known brands and food chains with products containing MSG:

  • Taco Bell® – seasoned meat – contains autolyzed yeast – which contains free glutamate
  • Other menu items that contain soy sauce, natural flavors, autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein which can contain up to 20% free glutamic acid – the active part of MSG.
  • Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles® (targeted towards children)
  • Doritos®
  • Campbell’s® soups – all of them – based on their commitment to add “umami” (read – MSG) to their products
  • Pringles® (the flavored varieties)
  • Boar’s Head® cold cuts and most of their hotdogs
  • Progresso® Soups – all of them
  • Lipton® Noodles and Sauce
  • Lipton® Instant soup mix
  • Unilever or Knorr® products – often used in homemade Veggie dips.
  • Kraft® products nearly all contain some free glutamate
  • Gravy Master®
  • Cup-a-soup® or Cup-o-Noodles®
  • Planters® salted nuts – most of them
  • Accent® -this is nearly pure MSG
  • Hodgson Mill Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour®
  • Tangle extract (seaweed extract) – found in sushi rolls (even at Whole Foods) Seaweed is what MSG was first isolated from.
  • Fish extract – made from decomposed fish protein – used now in Japanese sushi dishes – very high in free glutamate.
  • sausages – most supermarkets add MSG to there
  • processed cheese spread
  • Marmite®
  • supermarket poultry or turkeys that are injected or “self-basting”
  • restaurant gravy from food service cans
  • flavored ramen noodles
  • instant soup mixes
  • many salad dressings
  • most salty, powdered dry food mixes – read labels
  • flavored potato chips
  • restaurant soups made from food service soup base or with added MSG

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