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Are You Eating MSG Without Knowing It?

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Are You Eating MSG Without Knowing It?

MSG by any other name would still be as harmful.† This nervous system toxin masquerades in many other food additives that also contain MSG.† According to board-certified neurosurgeon Russel Blaylock, MD, author of Excitotoxins:† The Taste that Kills, here are some of the many names for this harmful toxin so you know what to look for on food labels:

Additives that always contain MSG:

-Monosodium glutamate (thatís the full name for MSG)

-Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

-Hydrolyzed protein

-Hydrolyzed plant protein

-Plant protein extract

-Sodium caseinate

-Calcium caseinate

-Yeast extract

-Textured protein

-Autolyzed yeast

-Hydrolyzed oat flour

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1:49AM PST on Feb 1, 2015

I'm really not trying to be derogative when I say this, but the idea that MSG is toxic is plainly untrue as scientific consensus keeps reminding us, such as in the scientific review conducted in April 2000 by Ronald Walker and John R. Lupien, 'The Safety Evaluation of Monosodium Glutamate' ( Multiple reviews by a range of institutions have found much the same result, that MSG is not significantly harmful, unless consumed in huge quantities on its own, which is true of most food stuffs and not analogous to how it is consumed in meals. The fact that one person claiming to be an expert wrote a book condemning MSG as toxic simply does not make it true. I urge you all to look critically at both sides of any argument, as believing what is essentially the opinion of one person can be frankly dangerous. In my opinion, people probably want to believe that MSG and vaccines are harmful and if you do believe these things then I urge you also to think about why that is.

1:35AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thank you :)

2:22PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

The thing is, we can do some things ourselves, without buying that processed thing they call food. Why not make our own soup? Or ice tea? Or ice-cream? It's easy and enjoyable, and we can feel good about ourselves. One of the greatest shocker to me is instant mash potatoe. I mean, seriously! Instant mash potatoe!!! I can never understand people who buy that. Why on Earth would anybody do that is beyond my comprehension.

2:16PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I've been trying to eat less processed food lately and I hope to get it out of my life completely. Thanks for the info.

9:01AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

good to know

2:55PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012


12:34AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

very interesting article

1:07PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

as a vegetarian I do eat the 'fake meat' products probably a couple times a week for there any brands I can trust to not have msg or is it pretty well all of them?

9:29PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Wow ... I had no idea. Good to know. Thanks.

3:57PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Thank you. This is very helpful. I printed and will carry in my reusable grocery bag.

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