Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Evil Food Additives: MSG

There are so many evil food additives. What I am getting from reading is that much of what passes for 'food' in the grocery store is a bunch of cheap junk like corn and soy (genetically modified) with a ton of chemicals thrown in. Then they put in some vitamins, fiber or whatnot and make some kind of health claim.

Ask youself when reading a label, is this ingredient something God created? If man created it through some complex chemistry chances are you are wasting your money and endangering your health.

The problem with foods God created is that they simply aren't all that sexy or profitable. Much of what passes for food in the grocery is cleverly packaged pseudofood designed to titillate the tastebuds and get the consumer addicted.

I could rant forever but I wanted to focus on MSG - Monosodium Glutamate - it's an excitotoxin found in many products. It amps up you taste buds making you want to eat more and more. Unfortunately it's often disguised with other names, a lot of which can be found in health store products.

MSG is an excitoxin - a fancy word for something that kills brain cells - check this out:

Like aspartame, MSG is an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites neurons to the point of cell damage and, eventually, cell death. Humans lack a blood-brain barrier in the hypothalamus, which allows excitotoxins to enter the brain and cause damage, according to Dr. Russell L. Blaylock in his book Excitotoxins. According to animal studies, MSG creates a lesion in the hypothalamus that correlates with abnormal development, including obesity, short stature and sexual reproduction problems.

OK, there's the problem - MSG is squirreled away in practically all processed foods and disguised under various labels, some of which sound perfectly harmless. You have to get knowlegeable and recognize hidden sources of MSG.
Truth in Labeling - Hidden Sources of MSG
Glutamic acid

Monosodium glutamate
Calcium caseinate
Textured protein
Monopotassium glutamate
Sodium caseinate
Yeast nutrient
Yeast extract
Yeast food
 Autolyzed yeast

Hydrolyzed protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
Hydrolyzed corn gluten
Natrium glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)

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