MSG or monosodium glutamate is a very difficult chemical to keep from your diet. MSG enhances flavors and is often associated with Chinese food. However, in some form, MSG is in almost all processed or packaged foods and is also in most restaurant foods.
How Do You Know if there is MSG in the foods you buy?
Check labels. Since the food industry knows that people are sensitive to the words monosodium glutamate or MSG, so there are other ingredients which contain MSG but aren't labeled the Battling the MSG Myth at way. Check your food labels for these ingredients. You'll probably be very shocked to find some of them even in organic packaged foods:
- Calcium Caseinate
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
- Textured Protein
- Monopotassium glutamate
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
- Yeast Extract
- Autolyzed Plant Protein
- Yeast food or nutrient
- Glutamic Acid
- Sodium Caseinate
- Autolyzed Yeast
- Vegetable Protein Extract
- Senomyx (wheat extract labeled as artificial flavor)
- Soy Sauce
- Caramel flavoring
- whey protein
- low fat or no fat items
- milk powder
- modified food starch
- dextrose, maltodextrose
How do you know if you have MSG Sensitivity or Allergy?
Do you suffer from any of these ailments?:
- Tingling numbness on face, ears, arms, legs, or feet (which I have and no doctor has been able to diagnose)
- fluctuations in blood pressure
- tendonitis, joint pain, TMJ
- shortness of breath, tightness in chest
- difficulty breathing
- depression, mood swings
- neurological disorders
- sleep disorders
- dry mouth
- do your children or you have ADD
How can you avoid MSG?
The only way to totally avoid MSG is to eat a natural diet of fresh fruits and veggies, preferably organic. Rice, fresh chicken and turkey, eggs and other whole foods are also acceptable. Stay away from packaged foods and processed foods, including anything in a can - unless you check the label and find no MSG containing products.
Read more about the whole food diet
For more information on MSG on line, see Battling the MSG Myth