The Dangerous Health Effects of MSG

by You Be Healthy

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a brain surgeon and wrote the book "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills"

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a brain surgeon and wrote the book "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills"

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the most harmful food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners, some baby foods and much more.  It actually enhances the flavor of foods, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste better, salad dressings more tasty, and canned foods less tinny.

In the book ‘Breakthrough’, Dr. Russell Blaylock explains that MSG is an excitotoxin which basically ‘excites’ neurons to death.  Excitotoxins cause neurons to fire their impulses rapidly until they die of exhaustion, which is how neuroscientists came to name these substances.

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

  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Heart damage
  • Eye damage
  • Fatigue and disorientation
  • Depression
  • Damage to fetuses
  • Fertility issues
  • Migraines

It is important for your health to avoid consuming MSG!  It can be hidden in products by using less scary sounding names, so you MUST read labels. I was dismayed to find “autolyzed yeast extract” on the label of an organic soup broth that I used, thinking it was a healthy product.  I had no idea this was another name for MSG!  I now cook my own chicken broth in large batches and freeze it as I could not find any chicken broth without MSG.

Here is a list of ingredients that ALWAYS contain MSG (from Dr. Mercola):

Autolyzed Yeast Calcium Caseinate Gelatin
Glutamate Glutamic Acid Hydrolyzed Protein
Monopotassium Glutamate Monosodium Glutamate Sodium Caseinate
Textured Protein Yeast Extract Yeast Food
Yeast Nutrient

These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing:

Flavors and Flavorings Seasonings Natural Flavors and Flavorings Natural Pork Flavoring
Natural Chicken Flavoring Soy Sauce Soy Protein Isolate Soy Protein
Stock Broth Malt Extract Malt Flavoring
Anything Enzyme Modified Carrageenan Maltodextrin Powdered Milk
Protease Corn Starch Citric Acid Anything Protein Fortified
Natural Beef Flavoring Bouillon Barley Malt Anything Ultra-Pasteurized

The best way to avoid MSG is to cook your own meals and use natural spices from foods and herbs.  Stay away from fast foods and processed foods and learn to cook naturally and, as mentioned earlier, be sure to read labels!

To your health,

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PS The Truth In Labeling website outlines more hidden sources of MSG.

References:

“Breakthrough: 8 Steps to Wellness” by Suzanne Somers
The Shocking Dangers of MSG You Don’t Know – Dr. Mercola

{ 6 comments }

1 Sally Steward February 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

This is fantastic! I had no idea the ingredients listed were MSG…that is just crazy. Thanks so much.

2 Bria @ West of Persia February 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Kim, thank you so much for sharing this info. It’s eye-opening. Yet another reason to avoid processed foods as much as possible!

3 Jon Beck February 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I have bookmarked this page and will reference if in doubt when reading labels! The one that I notice is in everything is soy protein isolate. Thanks for the great post. This is important information to know!

4 Dr Kim @ FamilyNatural February 11, 2010 at 6:28 am

I learned about this a few years ago and also learned to make “real” chicken soup (it tastes better anyway), frozen for use in cooking. Awful how sneaky they are with all those different names. Thanks for what you do!

5 Bernadette April 6, 2010 at 8:29 am

Thank you so much for posting this info. MSG is so dangerous and it’s great that the truth is finally being exposed about what is being passed off as “food” to unaware consumers.

6 Nona Mills December 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Thank you so much for posting this info. MSG is so dangerous and it’s great that the truth is finally being exposed about what is being passed off as “food” to unaware consumers.

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