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MSG – insidious poison, food industry conspiracy

Posted by jeanne on August 6, 2007

What is MSG – Monosodium Glutamate – and why is it bad for you? Proponents will tell you that it’s been used in the Orient for thousands of years (in the form of soy sauce and seaweed); the FDA has it on the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list with no limit on dosage; you’ll find it in everything from ramen noodle flavor packets to toothpaste. It’s even been approved as a crop spray that will remain on your fruits, vegetables, and coffee beans, never appear on any label, and won’t wash off. So how could anything that ubiquitous be bad for you? Hah. Two tablespoons of MSG on a piece of bread will kill a dog in a matter of minutes.

MSG is a flavor enhancer first developed in the early 1900s, and introduced to the west in 1948. Since then, its use has doubled every ten years, until now, in America, we’re exposed to 300 million pounds of it a year.

How does it enhance flavors? It’s a neurotransmitter. It’s an excitotoxin. It swells the nerve endings in your tongue. And then it crosses the blood-brain barrier to excite neurons in your brain. To swell neurons in your brain. To cause cellular death in neurons in your brain.

In many tests on rats, MSG has caused disturbing, sometimes horrifying abnormalities. These effects include obesity, growth retardation, short stature, diabetes, hormone deficiencies, brain lesions, and more. And rats are less sensitive to MSG than humans are, and their bodies get rid of it faster.

What are some of the physical effects people experience after exposure to MSG? As for myself, the first symptom comes while eating – the food tastes yummy and I feel an overwhelming desire to eat it all up. Then I feel flushed in the face, my hands and feet tingle, and I get rapidly exhausted, so that I really need to lie down and take a nap – now. If I was doing something before I ate, then I have to stop and become unconscious for awhile. This is troublesome when I’m driving. When I wake up, it’s with stiff joints, a headache, and an intensely dry mouth. My face and the skin around my eyes are puffy, and my feet and hands are swollen. Sometimes I’m groggy for hours, only really recovering the next day. Every time I get a reaction to MSG, it’s worse than the time before, a cumulative effect.

What happens to other people? Tingling and numbness and the sensation of tightness or pressure in the tongue, the face, the hands and feet, headaches and migraines, fatigue, asthma, chest pains, heartbeat irregularities, nausea, skin rashes, seizures, depression.

It gets worse. MSG is a suspected link in such different pathological conditions as stroke, epilepsy, brain lesions, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. See this article for a long list of effects of exposure to MSG.

People have been complaining about MSG for many years. It’s been called “Chinese restaurant syndrome” in the literature, and it’s so effective in causing obesity that there is a subspecies of laboratory rat called MSG rats. Its effects are minimized and its opponents are demonized using badly-faulted research paid for by the food industry, and any objection to it at government levels is quashed by well-funded lobbyists whose professional loyalty is to the bottom line, rather than the public health.

The food industry is so intent on spreading the use of MSG throughout our diets that they’ve invented a fifth taste to justify it. They call it umami. Added to the traditional four types of taste – bitter, salty, sweet, sour – it is quite simply the aftertaste of MSG. Here’s a food industry article about the “inexplicable taste sensation that can help food technologists increase consumer acceptance and preference.”

Even health conscious organic-food enthusiasts are being subjected to MSG all over the place. You’d expect organic and health food to be pure and simple, but since the food industry has sunk its claws into organic, they’ve just gotten more sneaky. If you buy organic chicken broth, hoping to avoid the MSG that is constant in every regular brand of broth, and you don’t notice the yeast extract, or the natural chicken flavor, the autolyzed yeast, the hydrolyzed soy protein, then you might think you’re eating something that won’t swell your tongue. but you’d be wrong. These non-MSG ingredients contain from 20-60% MSG each, and they add up fast, so some foods contain enough MSG to poison a dog, with five or six different ingredients each containing MSG.

With all this evidence, why doesn’t the FDA do something about the MSG in our food? Because the chemical, agriculture and food industries own the FDA. Duh.

8 Responses to “MSG – insidious poison, food industry conspiracy”

  1. […] evidence that the FDA was too weak and toothless to do anything about an unsafe additive – like monosodium glutamate – and it would make her want to scream. The powerful food lobby stifled any kind of regulation or […]

  2. irish said

    what a load of rubbish. a few people are allergic to msg(about 7%),but for others,msg plays a vital role in magnesium and potassium absorption. in fact, in the EU, where msg has been removed in some cases even from natural sources, like yeast extract, there has been a 600% increase in magnesium deficiency, leading to dangerous neuropathies

  3. Bob said

    This comic details my opinion of this article: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd051809s.gif

    • jeanne said

      my opinion is that you must not be affected by msg. maybe you’ll develop a sensitivity to it, and then perhaps you’ll reconsider.

      if you’ve noticed, most of the comments are people relating their experience, not foaming at the mouth with no information. the only time that’s happened has been a recent critical remark, citing contrary studies without going into any detail. which is bad science.

      i don’t really care about your opinion if you’re one of those reactionary people who dismiss things without thinking about them.

  4. in the past i have had cramps in my legs so severe it became hard to walk. feeling weak and tired was an everyday thing for me. Daily chores was a mess for me. depression and so on. I stumbled across the effects of msg of which lead me to try a different diet consisted of fresh, unprocessed food sources. My pain left almost overnight and hasn’t been back for at least two months. Just a thought. I was only 29 and felt like a old man.

    • Wadz said

      I agree with you.. I had the same thing.. I get rid aspartame MSG and all chemical related.. i feel well almost for a 2 month. 3 days later i have lunch with my family, at restaurant, usually im control my diet, that day i eat almost all food on the table because taste so good. Now its been 3 days the MSG effect still give me a numb and chest pain, inflammation, just like i felt it before, its really hard to get rid those killing drugs sorrounding us today. my face look older, my weight just 99lbs, which no one will believe for a men weight like that. People who not deal with this thing will say we are stupid or crazy, its okay, when they get it on their face, they will know it.

  5. stevesmitty79 said

    Anyone who thinks the global food industry is doing us any favors is a FOOL. Lower quality, cheap food and bigger portions equals fat sick people.

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