Monosodium Glutamate also called hydrolized protein or natural flavoring
can cause headaches
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Causes Pain
Every person is different so they will have different reactions. Here is a list of some of the common symptoms one may see:
Abdominal pain, achiness, angina, back pain, chest pain, cramps, foot pain, fibromyalgia, hand pain, headache, jaw pain, joint pain, pain in the bones, migraine, neck pain, numbness, stiffness, tightness, extreme drop in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia); angina; Cardiac Arrest Symptoms, swelling, fluid retention, depression, mood swings, attention deficit disorder (ADD); dizziness; light-headedness; disorientation; mental confusion, anxiety, panic attacks, hyperactivity, behavioral problems in children, rage episodes, lethargy, sleep disturbances (drowsiness or sleepiness and insomnia in others) numbness or paralysis; slurred speech, Meniere’s disease, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, irritable bowel, bloating acid reflux, asthma, shortness of breath, chest pain, runny nose, tightness in respiratory area, sneezing, hives or rash, mouth lesions, temporary tightness or partial paralysis (Skin), numbness or tingling of skin, flushing, sweating (hot flashes), dry mouth, swelling of prostrate, nocturia, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, temporary loss of vision, burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest, numbness in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms and back, tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back neck and arms, facial pressure or tightness, tooth pain, bronchospasm (difficulty breathing), difficulty in concentrating, convulsions, swelling of the throat, bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth) throbbing of the head, tinnitus.
Interesting read by someone who was suffering
The level of vitamin B6 in a person’s body plays a role in glutamate metabolism, and the possible impact of marginal B6 intake should be considered in helping a person.
If you are having some of these complaints it might be wise to check all labels closely.
But that is not enough as they also call it by other names!
Hidden Sources of MSG
Few people realize how prevalent MSG is. Fewer still realize that
there are many different names for processed free glutamic acid.
MSG is often combined with other substances and renamed, or
created by the manufacturing process.
These ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG:
— Monosodium glutamate
— Calcium caseinate
— Textured protein
— Monopotassium glutamate
— Glutamic acid
— Sodium caseinate
— Yeast nutrient
— Autolyzed yeast
— Hydrolyzed corn gluten
— Hydrolyzed soy protein
— Hydrolyzed wheat protein
— Hydrolyzed protein such as vegetable protein (the word
“hydrolyzed” on the label is a good tip-off)
If a product label says it contains some form of “hydrolyzed” protein,
it contains MSG.
These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG (or MSG is created during
— Malt extract
— Soy protein isolate
— Natural pork flavoring
— Citric acid
— Malt flavoring
— Barley malt
— Soy sauce stock or soy sauce extract
— Soy protein or soy protein concentrate
— Bouillon and broth
— Natural chicken flavoring
— Natural beef flavoring
— Whey protein concentrate
— Whey protein
— Whey protein isolate
— Protein fortified
Note: Even if a product label says “MSG free,” it may still contain
processed free glutamic acid concealed under one of its other
names. Read the label to be sure.
By FDA definition, all MSG is “naturally occurring”. “Natural” doesn’t mean safe!
Ingestion of MSG is know to produce a variety of adverse reactions in certain people. These reactions, along with seemingly dissimilar, are no more diverse than the reactions found as side effects of certain neurological drugs. We do not know why some people experience reactions and others do not. We don’t know whether MSG “causes” the condition underlying the reaction, or whether the underlying condition is simply aggravated by the ingestion of MSG. We only know that these are sometimes caused or exacerbted by the ingestion of MSG.
A product containing a substantial amount of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) has been approved for use as a “growth enhancer” spray for use on agricultural products. Approximately 30 per cent of the product is MSG. The action is summarized in the press release that follows.
MSG is known to trigger migraine headache, tachycardia, arrhythmia, seizures, asthma, nausea and vomiting, hives, skin rash, anxiety attacks, depression and much, much more in people who have become sensitive to it. It causes gross obesity and learning disorders in laboratory animals that ingest it when young.
You can read about what it is, what it does, and where it’s hidden in food on Web site: http://www.truthinlabeling.org. But now that spraying MSG ON agricultural products as they grow has been approved, ANY fresh food may have some residual MSG on it, and processed food made from fresh fruit or vegetables may have MSG in it, too. Baby food, largely free of MSG since the late 1970’s, will now have MSG in it. Processed food will now have more MSG in it than it did before. And there may be MSG residue on every tomato, cucumber, strawberry, leaf of lettuce, or peanut that you eat, as well as on every other fresh fruit, grain or vegetable.
We think you should be concerned. This is an EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) approval, effective February 6, 1998. We are asking that the approval be rescinded. Being told by the EPA that it is OUR responsibility to demonstrate that residue from spraying MSG on produce while it’s growing is a potential health hazard, and interpreting that to mean that the EPA will not look into the matter without extreme pressure, we have provided them more than sufficient material to demonstrate the MSG places humans at risk. We have also written to the producer, Auxein Corporation, informing them that their product is potentially toxic, and asking them to withdraw it from the market.
But if no one but Jack Samuels lets the EPA know they don’t want MSG sprayed on food, the approval won’t be rescinded. And unless the producers, who must see millions of dollars in profits down the road, really didn’t know the product is harmful, or is scared silly by the threat of potential law suits, they might not be the least bit concerned. Whether or not you think that you, your parents, your children, your grandchildren or your animals (where reactions are most often manifested as skin rash) are sensitive to MSG, we can’t believe that anyone would want it sprayed on their food while it’s growing.
If you think it’s wrong to spray MSG on fruit and vegetable crops, please register your concern by contacting Dr. Lynn Goldman at the EPA at the address or numbers below; by forwarding a copy of this e-mail to everyone you know; and by sending a copy of the press release to each of your local papers. (Advertisers and boards of directors of the larger papers seem to discourage articles that criticize MSG.) Dr. Goldman can be reached as follows:
Lynn Goldman, M.D.
Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20460