Hidden Toxin in Food

delphine2.jpgNot the First to Deceive
Initially, trans fat was touted as a healthy alternative to other fats! For years, products with trans fat, like margarine, were thought to be a healthy choice. After 30 years of pressure, the FDA finally admitted that trans fat is harmful to health. Trans fat wasn’t always identified, but lumped together on nutrition labels with other fats.

The years of controversy ended with consumers being warned of the many dangers. Today, trans fat is being replaced, primarily because the consumer is aware. Nutrition labeling must list trans fat as an ingredient (at least when it contains over a half a gram per serving).

We have a similar situation with the additive monosodium glutamate or MSG. The web is full of sites proclaiming the safety of MSG. It’s common to read statements like this one, “One food ingredient that is commonly on the receiving end of bad press is monosodium glutamate or MSG. However this is unfounded. Monosodium glutamate can be safely used to add flavor and appeal to foods, and even to reduce sodium levels in foods.”

Delphine reacts to the mere mention of MSG.

MSG the Flavor that Kills

Blaylock explains, “Excessive glutamate will not only kill the neurons with the receptors for glutamate, but it will also kill any neuron that happens to be connected to it, even if that neuron uses another type of transmitter. Both glutamate and aspartate can cause neurons to become extremely excited and if given in large enough doses, they can cause the cells to degenerate and die. It is for this reason that the nervous system carefully controls the concentration of these two amino acids in the fluid surrounding the neurons (called the extracellular space). Even small doses can damage these neurons without actually killing them. Within 15-30 minutes after being exposed to high doses of MSG, neurons suspended in tissue culture are seen to ‘swell’ like balloons. Within 3 hours those neurons are not only dead, but the body’s defense mechanism begins to haul away the debris.”

As Baylock mentions, there is another common excitotoxic substance in addition to MSG, it’s Aspartame, sold as Nutrasweet®. Aspartame has been scientifically linked to brain tumors, brain cell damage, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Aspartame is found in low-calorie foods and soft drinks.

Children Should NEVER Consume Aspartame or MSG
Some people immediately experience headaches, numbness, pressure in the chest, etc. after eating Chinese food (usually containing MSG) or consuming a product with MSG. It’s easy to believe this is a just a sensitivity or allergic reaction and MSG affects only a few people. It’s not true. This is a toxic reaction occurring in virtually everyone, with some people experiencing outward symptoms.

MSG a Hidden Food Ingredient
There’s a lack of government regulation concerning MSG. It can take a detective to find it in processed foods. Unlike trans fat, which now must be labeled, MSG is a hidden ingredient in various additives with numerous names.

There are some food additives which ALWAYS contain MSG: Monosodium Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Protein, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Plant Protein Extract, Sodium Caseinate, Calcium Caseinate, Yeast Extract, Textured Protein (Including TVP), Autolyzed Yeast, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Corn Oil, Malt Extract, Malt Flavoring, Bouillon, Broth, Stock, Flavoring, Natural Flavors/Flavoring (may contain up to 20 percent MSG!), Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring, Seasoning, Spices.

The short list to avoid is products with these ingredients: monosodium glutamate (MSG), caseinate, hydrolyzed (anything), flavoring, or bouillon.

If you eat out, you’re most likely eating MSG. It’s in most fast food (most dipping sauces), soups, and salad dressings. It’s in Ramen noodles and instant soup mixes, Jello®, Accent®, Doritos®, Cheetos®, and items with cheese powder. This is just the tip of the iceberg of products containing MSG.  For a comprehensive list of foods containing MSG, Click Here for MSG Truth.

The best solution for avoiding harmful ingredients is to eat out infrequently and cook at home. I stopped eating fast food a long time ago. The landmine of chemicals in their food is too comprehensive. I just couldn’t keep up. If you have a baby or a toddler, don’t allow them to eat fast food. I know the play areas are fun, but they are a trap. Not only are play areas a breeding ground for germs, but they indoctrinate kids to the fast food lifestyle.

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10 thoughts on “Hidden Toxin in Food

  1. Jane says:

    I cheered when I saw your articles on MSG!

    Another shocker — scientists inject mice/rat pups with MSG in order to create obese animals they can study. It’s a known technique that is generally called “MSG-induced obesity.” Well, the critics may say, “we eat MSG, we don’t inject it.” Wrong. MSG is found in some vaccines so it is injected into unsuspecting children.

  2. jackie herrera says:

    I know that everyone is a bit on the defense when you talk about MSG being a poisen, but really it is about knowing your body, and being aware of what you put in it. We all share differant views relating to the ‘Health Care Crisis’, but the fact is that there wouldn’t be a ‘Crisis’ if there was not a ‘Health Crisis’. We live in a generation of deaths relating to Cancer and other health conditions. The hot topic should be ‘Why’ are we in a ‘Health Crisis’ at all. We should just be aware of what we are putting into are bodies. God’s Word in Hosea 4:6 says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. So if you believe in God or not, it makes sense to seek knowlege about what we eat and not just leave it up to someone else to decide. Do your own experiment, cut out all the MSG for a week or two and see for your self, don’t just take the ‘FDA’ or Nonna’s advise, just see for yourself. For me and my family, we are taking this very seriously, because we just buried another loved one whose life was cut short due to Cancer. The bottom line is, know your body and know what you put into it, its the only one you have, treat it well.

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  5. Nonna Joann says:

    tgeryte5ry:
    I hate to break it to you, but Monosodium Gultamate is big business. You are quick to criticize–You should take a look at your own fact finding process.

    Peer-reviewed studies don’t always tell the truth. Who do you think pays for many of the “studies”? The very industry that want’s the public to believe the additive is safe. Try telling a person who gets a migraine after ingesting something with MSG, that MSG is “safe.” (Chinese Restaurant Syndrome)

    It took 30 years for the government to admit that trans fats were unhealthy. MSG is the next additive to have required labeling/warning. It may take a while, but it will.

    Because MSG is naturally occurring in food is misleading. Cocaine and the poppy flower are naturally occurring. So are opium and heroin. The Mayo Clinic warns that MSG may cause “headache, flushing, sweating, sense of facial pressure, numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth, rapid heartbeats, chest pain, brochospasm, shortness of breath, nausea and weakness.”

    MSG is able to pass from the mother to her unborn baby. Those most vulnerable are the elderly, children and infants. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of the population react negatively to MSG (see #5 below). Check out these links for more information about MSG:

    [1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/21/MSG-Is-This-Silent-Killer-Lurking-in-Your-Kitchen-Cabinets.aspx
    “The Shocking Dangers of MSG You Don’t Know,” video Part 1

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/08/28/dangers-of-msg.aspx?aid=CD12

    [2] Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Samuels, Jack “MSG Dangers and Deceptions”

    http://www.mail-archive.com/sustainablelorgbiofuel@sustainablelists.org/msg69736.html

    [3] MSGTruth.org “What Exactly is MSG?”

    http://www.msgtruth.org/whatisit.htm

    [4] eMediaWire “Athlete Alert: Renowned Neurosurgeon Identifies Aspartame & MSG in Sudden Cardiac Death” April 15, 2005

    http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/4/emw225071.htm

    [5] TruthinLabeling.org “This is What the Data Say About Monosodium Glutamate Toxicity and Human Adverse Reactions”

    http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Proof_AdverseReactions_AR.html

  6. tgeryte5ry says:

    Crossposting on this page.

    I hate to break it to you, but peer reviewed studies don’t show any of these horrible effect happening as a result of MSG consumption. If anything, there may be a placebo effect, but MSG metabolizes in your body the same way foods with naturally occurring glutamates do – milk, tomatoes, mushrooms, seaweed… consuming either MSG or milk will cause you to digest the exact same glutamate. The only thing special about MSG is it’s just been stabilized with sodium so you can easily sprinkle it on foods.

    You can see cited studies linked on the Wikipedia page here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutamic_acid_%28flavor%29#Research_into_health_effects

    The bottom line is that there’s little reason for adults to avoid foods with glutamates/glutamic acid. Children and infants may be susceptible to them, but there hasn’t been enough research in that field. In the end though, if you’re going to criticize the idea of children and infants consuming MSG, you can’t ignore the fact that they get the exact same glutamates from naturally occurring sources in their diet. It should also be mentioned that MSG appears on the FDA’s ‘Generally Recognized As Safe’ listing with a detailed explanation as to why it is considered safe for consumption:

    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fcn/fcnDetailNavigation.cfm?rpt=scogsListing&id=217

    I’m also concerned about how quick you are to call MSG a ‘poison’, yet your only cited reference is a dubious website that also fails to cite any scientific studies for proof of its claims. I’m also worried by the fact that while you claim MSG is essentially harmful, you fail to mention anywhere that the exact same glutamate occurs naturally in foods, and is digested the same way.

    Possibly the most worrying thing about this particular post is how you are quoting a quack doctor for information. This is the same Russell Blaylock who firmly advocated against vaccination for swine flu, going completely against what any sane, competent doctor would tell you.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Blaylock

    He also shows up on a Quackwatch list, a site that aims to expose quack practitioners:

    http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/index.html

    I strongly urge you to do some fact checking on this issue before you post any more about it. You seem to be getting your information from some highly dubious sources.

  7. dasHuhn says:

    It’s interesting that you believe that Salt is a toxin that’s killing everyone, considering if you don’t have salt in your body you WILL die.

    Are you going to tell me that Dihydrogen monoxide is polluting our planet far faster than any greenhouse gas, too?

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  9. Kay Beitzel says:

    For my family, when we go out for Chinese food, we go to a restaurant that advertizes no MSG in their foods. They do say the sauces on the side that they don’t make (like the table top soy sauce) may have it… so we just don’t use that stuff.

    As for the happy meal…. that is just SCARY!!!! haven’t eaten at McD’s in a while, and probably never will again now.

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