Hidden MSG: The Neurotoxic Flavor Enhancer
Yes, there are many sneaky names for hidden MSG. You should be on the lookout for these in processed foods. Actually, the same is true for ingredients on food labels. Food manufacturers like to use MSG. Hidden MSG a flavor enhancer for restaurant food and fast food.
Probably due to this, most people will find they crave these foods. They contain the chemically derived "sweet and salty" combination taste of MSG. MSG is a noteworthy component of Asian cooking. Japanese and Chinese food is famous for the "umami" taste sensation. There are four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Umami is another flavor. It is the 5th taste sensation. The umami taste is a "savory" flavor.
MSG is Monosodium Glutamate
Incidentally, the chemical name “Monosodium Glutamate” is the same thing as MSG. Health issues include: fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty liver, high insulin and high blood sugar. Similarly, there are other health problems. This includes high cholesterol, liver toxicity, metabolic syndrome, and high blood pressure. Also, this food additive can create a disturbance in the gut-brain barrier, neurological problems, and brain damage.
MSG: Monosodium glutamate, a sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid that enhances the flavor of certain foods. Originally isolated from seaweed, MSG is now made by fermenting corn, potatoes and rice. It does not enhance the four basic tastes (bitter, salty, sour, sweet) but it does enhance the complex flavors of meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. MSG is an important ingredient in the cuisines of China and Japan and is used commercially worldwide in many types of foods.https://www.medicinenet.com
In contrast, why would anyone have the desire to eat something concocted from fermented corn, potatoes, or rice. Knowing this, you might have a problem. So it enhances the the flavor of meats, seafood, and rice. Seems like there are probably better and heathier ways to do that.
Other Names for Hidden MSG
It would be a real task to memorize all the names for MSG. Become familiar with this listing just the same. When you read ingredient labels, you will get the hang of it. It will become second nature to identify hidden MSG.
MSG Accent, Autolyzed Plant Protein, Aginomoto, Calcium Caseinate, Citric Acid (when processed from corn), Gelatin,Glutamate,Glutamic Acid, Hydrolized Plant Protein (HPP), Hydrolized Vegetable Protein (HVP), Monopotassium Glutamate, Monosodium Glutamate, Natural Flavoring, Natural Meat Tenderizer, Sodium Caseinate, Senomyx (wheat extract labeled as artificial flavor), Textured Protein,
Yeast Food or Nutrient, Yeast Extract
Hidden MSG in Food Additives
There are many names for food additives that already contain MSG, but do not have to list MSG. These additives are considered whole products. The listing below is probably not complete. However, it certainly is a good start.
Annatto, Barley Malt, Bouillon, Broth, Caramel Flavoring (coloring), Carrageenan, Corn syrup and corn syrup solids (partly depends upon process used), Cornstarch, Dough Conditioners, Dry Milk Solids, Enriched anything, Fermented anything, Flavoring Seasonings (This does not always mean salt and pepper), Flavors & Flavoring, Flowing Agents, Gums, Lipolyzed butter fat, Low or No Fat items, Malt Extract or Flavoring, Malted Barley (flavor), Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, Milk Powder, Natural Chicken, Pectin, Protease, Protein fortified anything, Protease enzymes, Protein Fortified Milk, Reaction Flavors, Rice or Brown Rice, Syrup, Soy Protein, Soy Protein Isolate or Concentrate, Soy Sauce or Extract, Spice, Stock, Ultra-pasteurized anything, Vitamin enriched Wheat, Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate, Whey Protein or Whey, Yeast Nutrients
MSG in Processed Foods
Sometimes MSG is not listed on food labels. This is because processed foods can contain another form of MSG. Another fact is that these chemicals can hide in other whole product ingredients. First of all, current FDA food regulations allow manufacturers to add a whole product as an ingredient. So, by these rules, MSG does not have to be listed.
Distribution of MSG is widespread in packaged foods. So, your best solution is to avoid such products. Therefore, you need to adopt the Whole Food approach. At the same time, get used to making your own salad dressings and codiments. Replace other convenience type foods like. soups, sauces, etc. Learn to prepare these items from scratch with non GMO produce, herbs, and spices.
Eliminating MSG from Your Diet
Try to eliminate MSG from your diet. It will be difficult, but not impossible. You can start by looking over all your processed foods. Read the ingredients for any of the hidden MSG names previously listed. Then simply discard those foods.
You will have to be more careful about your grocery shopping and food preparation. Additionally, cut back on dining out and eating at fast food restaurants. However, these will be worthwhile steps given how damaging MSG could be to your health.
Here are some other ideas. Take the time to make wholesome homecooked meals. Purchase unprocessed raw ingedients. You will find that deli meats, sausages and other highly processed foods are loaded with MSG. Avoid using flavored mixes, soup mixes, bouillions, and sauces. These foods have an alarming amount of additives, disguised by food manufacturers with chemical and scientific sounding names.
Learn to Cook with Real Ingredients
Learn to use real herbs and spices. Experiment using garlic, ginger, scallions, cumin, turmeric, chili pepper, and basil. You will quickly learn what you like. Eventually, you will lose your taste for hidden MSG.
We always suggest a Whole Food Eating style. Naturally, this includes avoiding processed foods made with hidden MSG. Make an effort to reduce purchasing packaged foods. Over time, your buying habits will change, you will get better at meal planning, and making good food choices.