Today, hundreds of thousands of metric tons of MSG are produced and added to food every year. MSG is listed on the label only if it is a *separate* ingredient in the food. In most cases, MSG is hidden by including it as part of other ingredients on the label.It can make up as much as 60% of these other ingredients. Below is an excerpt from "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" by Russell Blaylock, M.D. which lists possible sources of MSG:
As discussed previously, the glutamate manufacturers and the processed food industries are always on a quest to disguise MSG added to food. Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised MSG. Remember also that the powerful excitotoxins aspartate and L-cysteine are frequently added to foods and according to FDA rules require no labeling at all.
Additives that always contain MSG:
- Monosodium Glutamate
- Potassium Glutamate
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)*
- Hydrolyzed Protein*
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein*
- Hydrolyzed [Anything else]*
- Plant Protein Extract
- Sodium Caseinate
- Calcium Caseinate
- Yeast Extract
- Textured Protein
- Autolyzed Yeast
- Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Made from "junk" vegetables selected for their high quantity of excitotoxins (e.g., glutamate). Vegetables are boiled in a vat of sulfuric acid for several hours and then the acid is neutralized with caustic soda. The brown sludge is scraped off the top and dried into a powder. The powder itself it high in glutamate, aspartame, and cysteic acid (all excitotoxins). In addition, the powder contains known carcinogens. Finally, hydrolyzed vegetable protein contains dicarboxylic amino acid, the safety of which is unknown. MSG is often added to this powder. Finally, the powder is put into numerous foods, including baby food. Bon appetite!
Additives that frequently contain MSG:
-Malt extract - Malt Flavoring
- Malt Flavoring
- Natural Flavoring
- Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring
Often have between 30% and 60% MSG when it is added
Additives that may contain MSG or excitotoxins
- Soy Protein Concentrate
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Whey Protein Concentrate
Accent is a trade name for a common MSG seasoning.
A former research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, by the name of John erb spent years working for the government. while going through scientific journals for a book, He discovered, that scientist were creating obese mice and rats to us in hundreds of diet or diabetes test studies.
These scientist created obese mice and rats by injecting them with MSG when first born. He noted that "the MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates; causing rats (and humans?) to become obese". These rats were referred to as "MSG-Treated Rats".
MSG was in everything in my (kitchen),
The researcher documented his findings after checking the
kitchen pantry and fridge for traces of MSG; out of shock over the findings
and found MSG was in everything. The research states that " MSG was
in everything: The Campbell's soups, the Hostess products, Doritos, the
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."
He also states that "The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called ''Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein'', which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who carefully read the ingredient list, so they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG: 'Accent' - 'Aginomoto' - 'Natural Meet Tenderizer', etc)"
The researcher also went further to mention restaurants "But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere, Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, TGIF, Chilis', Applebees and Denny's use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in EVERY chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG."
Dr Blayloc states that, " Natural food stores are fond of telling customers that their products do not contain "synthetic" MSG, only "natural" MSG. Do not buy it! Read the labels, even in natural food stores."
As an example, the U.S.'s largest chain of natural foods supermarkets, Whole Food Market (which owns Bread & Circus, Mrs. Gooch's, Wellspring Grocer) is an excellent place to shop, yet they perpetuate the myth of "natural" MSG being safe. By accepting foods that include HVP (and other excitotoxic products) and passing them off as "natural," they are, in this instance, contributing to the poor health and ignorance of the American consumer. By not labeling these products as containing large amounts of excitotoxins, they are being irresponsible, in my opinion (and you can tell them I said that).
Tests have shown that tomatoes and mushrooms contain a very small amount of free glutamic acid (despite what the Glutamate Association claims). It is not a highly concentrated excitotoxic product like HVP and presents no problems when eaten in reasonable amounts except for individuals highly sensitive to MSG.