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10 Surprising Sources of MSG

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10 Surprising Sources of MSG

Considering that monosodium glutamate, or MSG as it is more commonly known, is linked to many serious health conditions, including:  hormonal imbalances, weight gain, brain damage, obesity, headaches, and more, you may be shocked to learn how prevalent it is.  MSG is almost always found in processed, prepared, and packaged foods.  But, here are some lesser-known food sources of this harmful chemical.  Be sure to check out my blog tomorrow, “Are You Eating MSG Without Knowing It?” which will tell you the many names of MSG and what to look for on food labels.

1. Soup—Most soups, even most homemade soup contains MSG, even if the cook swears it doesn’t.  That’s because most soup bases, commercial stocks, and bouillion powder and cubes contain MSG.

2. Spice Mixtures—Love that Cajun seasoning, TexMex rub, or other spice mixture?  Most spice mixtures contain MSG—frequently as autolyzed yeast or yeast extract.

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8:36AM PDT on May 11, 2013

It's a good thing I eat very little of those things. The most common MSG source is Chinese food. I lost a taste for it a few years back.

7:00AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

thanks a lot! I find this information, as well as the other your article very useful. I was utterly shocked about natural flavoring thing, though i have been suspecting something of that sort for quite some time. How fortunate I read your helpful tips!

4:00PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Who knew! Thanks.

2:23PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Useful and scary.

2:56PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

vaccines & baby food??? really??? ty

12:35AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

very interesting article

12:08AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

We have several friends and family members who have intense MSG allergies - think horrible migranes that last for days. Unfortunately, as you've pointed out, MSG is practically everywhere, and it's difficult find food that hasn't been contaminated. They can eat lots of fruit, veggies prepared at home, meats cooked at home, ect. Eating out is a nightmare here in Thailand because MSG is a favorite food additive here:

9:53AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Interesting info. Thanks for posting.

7:09AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

good to know

10:51PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

These days a lot of bottled sauces can be found in organic form. There are also organic bouillons that don't contain MSG,

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