MSG – The Silent Killer

When I was a little girl, I had a very favorite product. I can remember the first time I ever had Doritos chips. We were at my dad’s friend’s house to watch a football game and they brought out these delicious snacks. Even then, in the late 60’s, Doritos’ had the best snacks!

At one point they felt it necessary to add a product that would ultimately change Americans lives.

Again, a party well over a decade ago, I said, “oh my goodness! I love this new flavor!” “It’s not a new flavor, mom…it now has MSG.”

“What is MSG, I asked?” What does it do to us? The more I find out, the more I fear for our children. When you find out what they are allowing the American people to call food…the more afraid you will be as well. These foods are only available in America. Other countries DO NOT allow these additives in their foods. Why do we?

In my opinion, this is a moral dilemma and should be called so. People are essentially very trusting, and have a hard time believing that if they pay money for something to eat, that it will harm them.

WAKE UP AMERICA! The almighty dollar has spoken!

They find that if they can make something taste good enough, you won’t care if it harms you…just this once. Right?

MSG is an isolated un-essential amino acid. It has been used by the Asians for decades. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given MSG its generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation. MSG a naturally occurring amino acid is not dangerous, but when it is isolated or manufactured, we have an entirely different scenario.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is now a processed food and pharmaceutical additive. This manufactured additive is an extremely dangerous neurotoxin (excitotoxin) that kills brain cells in the hypothalamus and has been linked to conditions such as: migraines, seizures, ADD/ADHD, heart palpitations, and is linked to obesity and disorders associated with metabolic syndrome, including progressive liver disease.

There are many hidden names for MSG on product labels.

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid: (7)

  • Glutamic Acid (E 620)
  • Glutamate (E 620)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
  • Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
  • Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
  • Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
  • Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Anything “hydrolyzed”
  • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Yeast Food
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured Protein
  • Soy Protein
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Whey Protein Isolate
  • Anything “…protein”
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto

Why MSG is so Dangerous?

Check out this great article by Dr. Mercola  for more great information on the dangers of MSG.  MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking In Your Kitchen Cabinets.  Below are some of the key points in the article.

“One of the best overviews of the very real dangers of MSG comes from Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills.” In it he explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees — and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.

Part of the problem is that free glutamic acid is the same neurotransmitter that your brain, nervous system, eyes, pancreas and other organs use to initiate certain processes in your body. Even the FDA states:

“Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.

Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.”

“Although the FDA continues to claim that consuming MSG in food does not cause these ill effects, many other experts say otherwise.

According to Dr. Blaylock, numerous glutamate receptors have been found both within your heart’s electrical conduction system and the heart muscle itself. This can be damaging to your heart, and may even explain the sudden deaths sometimes seen among young athletes.”

He says:

“When an excess of food-borne excitotoxins, such as MSG, hydrolyzed protein soy protein isolate and concentrate, natural flavoring, sodium caseinate and aspartate from aspartame, are consumed, these glutamate receptors are over-stimulated, producing cardiac arrhythmias.

When magnesium stores are low, as we see in athletes, the glutamate receptors are so sensitive that even low levels of these excitotoxins can result in cardiac arrhythmias and death.”

“Many other adverse effects have also been linked to regular consumption of MSG, including:

  • Obesity
  • Eye damage
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and disorientation
  • Depression

Further, even the FDA admits that “short-term reactions” known as MSG Symptom Complex can occur in certain groups of people, namely those who have eaten “large doses” of MSG or those who have asthma.7

“According to the FDA, MSG Symptom Complex can involve symptoms such as:

  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness

No one knows for sure just how many people may be “sensitive” to MSG, but studies from the 1970s suggested that 25 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. population was intolerant of MSG — at levels then found in food. Since the use of MSG has expanded dramatically since that time, it’s been estimated that up to 40 percent of the population may be impacted.”

Go here to read more about the dangers of MSG in this Article by Dr. Mercola

How to Determine if MSG is in Your Food

According to the article by Dr. Mercola, “Food manufacturers are not stupid…(most have) tried to hide the fact that MSG is an ingredient. How do they do this? By using names that you would never associate with MSG.

You see, it’s required by the FDA that food manufacturers list the ingredient “monosodium glutamate” on food labels, but they do not have to label ingredients that contain free glutamic acid, even though it’s the main component of MSG. There are over 40 labeled ingredients that contain glutamic acid,9 but you’d never know it just from their names alone. Further, in some foods glutamic acid is formed during processing and, again, food labels give you no way of knowing for sure.”

Hidden names for MSG and free glutamic acid:

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid: (7)

  • Glutamic Acid (E 620)
  • Glutamate (E 620)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
  • Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
  • Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
  • Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
  • Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Anything “hydrolyzed”
  • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Yeast Food
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured Protein
  • Soy Protein
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Whey Protein Isolate
  • Anything “…protein”
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto
At The Outpost Mercantile, we take Health very seriously and we read the labels for you: You can be assured there is No MSG in our Store.

May God Bless You and Yours,

Sue Meyer