Feb 17, 2010

How and why to avoid MSG

MSG, also know as Monosodium Glutamate, is most widely known as what is in Chinese food that makes us sick. However, the general population doesn't know that its in just about every single prepared food in the supermarket and in virtually all restaurants food. It sounds impossible I know, but follow these examples and you will greatly reduce or even be able to eliminate MSG from your diet. Go to www.truthinlabeling.com to find out why MSG should be avoided.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step1

Read your labels. This is tricky because food producers have a cunning way of hidding the MSG laden ingredients. These are alternative names used for MSG: Glutamate, Glutamic acid, Gelatin,
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.

Step2

Also watch out for food containing these ingredients, they are often ingredients the processing created MSG. Carrageenan, Maltodextrin, Malt extract, Natural pork flavoring, Citric acid, Malt flavoring, Bouillon and Broth, Natural chicken flavoring, Soy protein isolate, Natural beef flavoring, Ultra-pasteurized, Soy sauce, Stock, Barley malt, Soy sauce extract, Whey protein concentrate, Pectin, Soy protein, Whey protein Protease, Soy protein concentrate, Whey protein isolate, Protease enzymes, Anything protein fortified, Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s), Anything enzyme modified, Anything fermented, Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s), Enzymes anything, Seasonings
(the word "seasonings").

Step3

Eat fresh, Natural foods. Food that are raw and unadulturated are always free of MSG. These foods are fruits, vegetables, unprocessed meats that do not have "solution's" or "Broth" added. Of course flours, rice, corns and other grains that are not prepared should not have any MSG in them.

Step4

Don't buy frozen meals, entree' s, appetizers or desserts. If there is any question, read the label for the hidden MSG names.

Step5

Do not buy flavored chips, crackers, nuts, popcorn etc. Dorrito's, Cheeto's, any "o's" chip that has a special flavor on it has Monosodium Glutamate, which before you read this article you might not have known that it is the same as MSG. Opt for brands like Kettle Cooked chips and Pirate Bootie that have no MSG in them, or plain corn and potato chips and plain crackers.

Step6

Avoid all soup/broth from the store. Avoid salad dressings. Find simple online recipes for dressing and dips, or attempt to find a brand that has no MSG at a Whole Foods Market or Wild Oats type store.

Visit www.Truthinlabeling.com for even more information and resources.

-Val


I found avoiding MSG to be very difficult because it is literally in almost every food and in most of the foods I loved. However, I haven't eaten MSG in any form for over four years now. It has greatly improved my health in many ways. It is a scary chemical that our country is ignoring that can cause all sorts of horrible conditions such as ADD and Alzheimer's. AVOID it and learn all you can about it and where it is hidden. You will be glad you did.

-Liz-

1 comment:

  1. We've been trying to find MSG in our cupboards and fridge too. Thanks for the list of things to look for!

    Your blog has been chosen as a featured resource - and specifically this post - on my new Family Fitness Friday meme.
    http://meloniek.blogspot.com/2010/02/family-fitness-friday-19-february-2010.html

    Thanks for the info!

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