Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG (Mono-sodium glutamate) AVOID  This is one of the foods that age you!



MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and Fibromyalgia

  For me it was always bone pain  after eating Doritoes  or other chips or foods with MSG.

Research shows there is a link between MSG (monosoduim glutamate) and Fibromyalgia.


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.

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.

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
— Glutamate
— Glutamic acid
— Gelatin
— 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 processing):

— Maltodextrin
— Malt extract
— Carrageenan
— 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
— Ultra-pasteurized
— Whey protein concentrate
— Pectin
— Protease
— 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. It is not known 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.

You can read about what it is, what it does, and where it’s hidden in food on Web site: 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.

MSG triggers the taste buds which are sensitive to umami, one of the five basic tastes (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.

Why Has Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Reached Epidemic Proportions?

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.

Below is from:

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
— McDonalds
— 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
— Broth
— 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.


Also read MSG and Aspartame

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).

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and Obesity

Research shows there may be a link to MSG and the massive obesity epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of obese and overweight Americans is dangerously on the rise. Today, approximately 16% of children ages 6 to 19 fall into that category, as do a whopping 65% of adults.

Being overweight increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice.
Since no strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, the scientists have to create them. Injecting them with MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas causing them to become lethargic and morbidly obese.

Check your cupbords and fridge. MSG is in Campbell’s soups, Hostess products, Doritos, Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the ‘healthy low fat’ ones and so on. Many items that don’t have MSG on the label have something called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate.

MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who catch on. We are blindly feeding this to our children!

Many restaurant employees, including the managers, will swear they don’t use MSG but ask for the ingredient list and you WILL see MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, every restaurant, even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis’, Applebees and Denny’s use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the very WORST offenders: MSG is in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. Their secret spice is MSG! (SEE MORGAN SPURLOCK’S DOCUMENTARY “SUPER SIZE ME, WHERE HE ATE AT MCDONALD’S FOR A MONTH.) That was just scary to see what damage the foods were doing to his body…not even his doctors expected it to be so bad!

A book on the food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America, (, says MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.

The food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at: explains that they add it to food to make people eat more. It is good for elderly people who need to eat more.

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn’t added. And we wonder why the nation is overweight?

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance! Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the prepackaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.

MSG, like Aspartame, is an excitotoxin.

Both the medical research community and food “manufaturers” have known MSG’s side effects for decades! There is a definite link from MSG to Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer’s.

The price of eating out in restaurants is more expensive than the bill I’m handed when we finish. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food.

But see if that is true–Go to the National Library of Medicine, at Type in the words “MSG Obese” and read a few of the 122medical studies that appear.

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1 Response to Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

  1. Nova says:

    People with aches, pains, and fatigue* are often misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. However, these symptoms are also typical manifestations of a vitamin D deficiency. The lack of this vitamin results in less calcium absorption by the skeletal system. This can cause an aching, throbbing pain in the bones. in winter adults feel more achiness in bones and muscles,”and joints are a little more stiff when they get up in the morning.” Once vitamin D levels were corrected, patients felt considerably more energetic. Mounting evidence also points to vitamin D being effective at preventing tooth cavities. A simple blood test can determine if you are getting enough vitamin D each day.

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