Mischievous MSG

2009_07_22-msg.jpgAh MSG, of course this is a manmade concoction that has made its way into many of our foods (notably processed foods). It was invented in 1908 in Japan, but didn’t become prevalent in the US until after WWI. Like we mentioned on Monday, it gives a meat-like flavor to foods. basically it makes shitty food taste more palatable and edible (so then we can overconsume it!). The problem is that as it becomes more abundant in our diet, the more sensitive we seem to be becoming (kind of how gluten intolerance have risen). Elderly and children seem to be the most at risk because of a compromised or damaged blood barrier that allows more MSG to flow in and get into the blood stream. It is a known neurotoxin, meaning it excites the brain, making it fire like a mad man until it becomes fatigues (and in some cases it kills cells). It’s absorbed quickly by the GI, causing levels to spike rapidly. Actually here I should probably clarify, glutamate is an amino acid that we produce. It is only the synthetic industrial form that acts as such a damaging toxin. Symptoms that may be caused by MSG:

  • headaches
  • swelling in the face
  • flush or sweating
  • rapid fluttering heartbeat
  • heart palpitations
  • nausea
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • numbness, burning  or tingling in the mouth region
  • weakness

This nasty little additive is making us fatter too! In studies done on mice, it caused obesity. How so? It stimulates the pancreas causing insulin production. Blood sugar will drop and you get hungry quicker. Glutamic acid is also linked to:

  • MS
  • autism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • ALS
  • migraines

What can make it worse, is alcohol consumption or exercise prior to, during, or following eating can make the reaction worse. Even though some products may say that they contain no MSG, it can be a mislabeling and they rarely take action against these companies. They may also be hidden as other name, which include:

glutamate, monosodium glutamate, calcium caseinate, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, yeast extract, plant protein extract, textured protein, hyrdrolyzed oat flour, sodium caseinate, monopotassium, glutamate, glutamic acid, gelatin, Ajinomoto

Things you may recognize that may contain or create MSG:

flavorings, natural pork flavorings, bouillon stock, natural chicken flavoring, broth, malt flavoring, barley malt, malt extract, soy sauce, soy protein, soy protein isolate, pectin, whey protein, maltodextrin, whey protein isolate, protease, protease enzyme, ultra-pasteurized, and fermented

How does one avoid MSG then? Read labels, to start. Adopt a traditional diet incorporating whole natural foods (know where your food is coming from). Steer from the processed and synthetic foods (natural natural natural). For more on our fat-burner weight loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.

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