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Dangers of MSG – It’s in more food than you think!

Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG as it is more commonly known is a flavor enhancer that is used to make low quality, dead foods taste better than they actually are.

Most people have heard that MSG is bad for them and will buy food that has a label claiming “No MSG” thinking they are safe. Unfortunately MSG can come under a variety of names not limited to MSG, flavor enhancer, yeast extract, stock, flavors etc.

MSG was first isolated from seaweed by Professor Kikunae Ikeda from the Tokyo Imperial University. It was thought that it would be great for poorer classes of people to add to their food to improve the flavor without increasing costs.

At the time it seemed like a great idea but unfortunately testing hadn’t been performed on this substance.

MSG is in fact an excitotoxin. It is a combination of sodium and the amino acid Glutamic acid.

Glutamic acid is a non essential amino acid meaning that the body makes enough of this to not warrant supplementation compared to the essential amino acids. When the body takes in excessive Glutamate the overload fries neurons in the brain.

The hypothalamus which is located within the brain has a far less effective blood brain barrier compared to other parts, this makes it more vulnerable to attack from toxins. The hypothalamus regulates weight control.

With the information that you have read so far it would be safe to assume that MSG has a role to play in the current obesity epidemic we have occurring.

“The same oral dose of glutamate that causes a dramatic increase in blood glutamate concentrations in humans, causes no increase at all in monkeys. Therefore, it is difficult to understand why so much money and effort was expended on oral glutamate monkey studies, unless the goal was to amass an unchangeable mountain of negative evidence that could serve as basis for fostering the misleading impression, and fueling the spurious argument that if monkeys are resistant to glutamate-induced brain damage, other primates, including humans, must be similarly resistant.”

– Dr. John Olney

Studies done with rats that were administered MSG became obese and suffered neuroendocrine disorders. Since rats are nautrally not obese, the fact that injecting them with MSG makes them obese should open peoples eyes.

Not only is MSG toxic to the human body and used to make bad food taste good, it is also highly addictive! Look at all the processed food manufacturers gloating about how great their food is and how much you want  it.

“Once you pop you can’t stop!”

How can I avoid this dangerous substance?

You can start by reading the ingredients list of the food you are eating. Look at each ingredient and research it. If you aren’t sure then don’t eat it!

Just think if you were making a meal for someone and they asked “Hey what did you put in that?” and you said

“Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative),
spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate,
sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy
lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor).”

They wouldn’t even consider eating it! And I don’t blame them. But the problem is people are ignorant of what food manufacturers put in their food and either don’t want to read the label because they are lazy or they are afraid of finding out their favorite snack is toxic.

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