Over the years, consumers have complained that MSG has caused weight problems, migraine headaches, sleeping disorders, asthma, glaucoma, diabetes
It has been said that every restaurant uses MSG in some form.
MSG enhances the natural flavours of meats, poultry, seafood and many vegetables. Hence, in restaurants- especially Chinese restaurants- these prepared meals may contain MSG. MSG can also be found in most processed soups, stews, meat based sauces, salad dressings, processed meats, frozen entrees, ice cream, frozen yogurt and snack foods. It is also used in low fat foods to make up for flavor lost when fat is reduced or eliminated.
MSG is now the most widely used flavor enhancer in the world. MSG and MSG-containing substances are used in processed food, in fast foods, and in Chinese food. They’re also found in nearly all canned and frozen foods.
Many people have severe reactions to MSG, some of them life-threatening. MSG has been linked to asthma, headaches, and heart irregularities. Behavioral and physical problems of children, such as incontinence and seizures, as well as attention deficit disorder (ADD), have been diagnosed and successfully treated as MSG disorders.
My pain almost always when we had eaten Doritoes or other chips or foods with MSG.
MSG triggers the (recently identified) taste buds which are sensitive to umami, one of the five basic tastes (the word umami is a loanword from Japanese; it is also sometimes referred to as “savury” or “more-ish”). It is believed that “umami” taste buds respond specifically to certain amino acids (such as glutamic acid) in the same way that “sweet” taste buds respond to sugars.
Many now think there may be a link between MSG (monosoduim glutamate) and Fibromyalgia.
When we avoid this stuff we feel great….but let us slip up and we are in incredible pain.
Below is from: http://www.msgtruth.org/avoid.htm
The following foods contain MSG or its business end – the free amino acid glutamate – in amounts large enough to cause reactions in those sensitive to it.:
Here are just a very small amount of the foods we eat that now contain MSG. I had been overloading my family and my own body with this junk and we all felt bad all the time. (I knew not to eat Chinese food that contained MSG but never dreamed it was being put in so many things I bought.)
— canned Soup, including Campbell’s Chunky Soup, Progresso® Soups – all of them
— potato chips and Doritos® and Pringles®
— KFC® – most of their other products
— Boar’s Head® cold cuts and most of their hotdogs
— Lipton® Noodles and Sauce
— Taco seasoning
— Planters® salted nuts – most of them
— Accent® –
— sausages – most supermarkets add MSG to theirs
— processed cheese spread (I looked and yes, my Tostitos Queso jar shows it!)
— turkeys that are injected or “self-basting” (some other poultry)
— ramen noodles
— instant soup mixes (including Lipton® Instant soup mix and Knorr® products )
— boullion – any kind
— many salad dressings
— Packaged box dinners (like the macaroni and cheese kids eat) Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles® (targeted towards children) NOTE: Kraft® products nearly all contain some free glutamate
— gelatin (JELL-O)
— canned tuna
— hot dogs and other processed meats
— soy sauce
— Worcestershire sauce
— Gold Medal flour (and many other brands of flour )
— Parmesan cheese
— over-ripe tomatoes – naturally high in free glutamate
— mushrooms – naturally high in free glutamate
–Medications in gelcaps – contain free glutamic acid in the gelatin
— Frozen dinners
— Infant formula
— Packaged stuffing
— Cosmetics and shampoos – some now contain glutamic acid
— Canned vegetables
— Fresh produce sprayed with Auxigro in the field. (Yes the EPA approved this!)
Be aware it is not just the brand names mentioned, but many similar products to the ones listed also contain MSG. You must read labels. These product names were given as examples of the many products that contain MSG.
Four good rules of thumb are:
The more salty a processed food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate.
The more processed a food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate: powdered stuff that used to be food is likely to have added MSG because the original flavor has been degraded.
The more ingredients in a packaged food, the more likely MSG is present. Read labels carefully if a food has more than five ingredients.
Do not trust something simply because it is in a health food store and the label states it is natural or even organic.
The next wave of hastily approved “MSG replacers” you may wish to avoid will be Senomyx.
According to the New York Times April 6, 2005 article “Food Companies Test Flavorings That Can Mimic Sugar, Salt or MSG”:
” Since Senomyx’s flavor compounds will be used in small proportions (less than one part per million), the company is able to bypass the lengthy F.D.A. approval process required to get food additives on the market. Getting the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association status of generally recognized as safe, or GRAS, took Senomyx less than 18 months, including a 3-month safety study using rats. In contrast, the maker of the artificial sweetener sucralose spent 11 years winning F.D.A. approval and is required to list the ingredient on food labels.”
And Senomyx DOESN’T have to be labeled as such. It will be grouped under “artificial flavors”. They still don’t believe the consumer should know what they are eating.
New study shows that the combination of 200 mg each of Coenzyme Q10 and Ginkgo Biloba can reduce symptoms of Fibromyalgia (body aches, muscle fatigue, constant pain and exhaustion).
Forum about MSG http://www.msgmyth.com/discus/messages/247/173.html?995177712
Also read MSG and Aspartame– http://www.msgtruth.org/aspartam.htm
See the link from MSG to Obesity