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Health: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Man

What Is MSG?

Accent Flavor Enhancer

A salt-like substance that gives food a meaty flavor.

What Are The Effects Of MSG?

1. Increases hunger by increasing insulin which lowers blood glucose levels
2. Headaches
3. Obesity
4. Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
5. High Blood Pressure
6. Strokes
7. Lesions to hypothalamus

Which Foods Tend to Have MSG?

Because MSG increases profit margin, it is found in many processed, packaged, restaurant and fast foods (KFC worst).

At fast foods: Chicken and Sausage products, Ranch dressing, Parmesan items, Gravy, and dipping sauces and seasoned fries. Flavored salty snack chips that are usually sold with sandwiches - Especially Doritos and Cheetos and items with cheese powder added.

At regular restaurants: PARMESAN encrusted ANYTHING, SOUPS, CEASAR salad, FISH SAUCE or EXTRACT, SOY SAUCE, BOAR'S HEAD deli meats and anything that comes out of a can.

At your friends and relatives homes: aunt's "secret" recipe, anything that has Accent in it, anything with a boullion cube or meat extract or "seasoning" packet, the Latino seasoning Goya Sazon, Lawry's seasoning salt, Gravy Master , tuna with "broth" or hydrolyzed or autolysed ANYTHING on the label, grandma's Jello gelatin mold dessert, potato chip dip or hamburgers with Lipton's Onion Soup Mix in them, Vegetable dips with Knorr vegetable soup mix in it, Italian foods smothered in Parmesan cheese, Hamburger Helper, canned soups - especially Progresso and tomato or mushroom soup, the "green bean casserole" heck, ANY casserole. Check packages of prepared baked items and avoid any with soy protein, casein, wheat gluten, malted barley, and non-fat dried milk as an ingredient. Avoid aspartame, Nutrasweet, "diet" drinks and artificially sweetened desserts - ESPECIALLY gelatin. If you aren't sure - just eat the raw vegetables but don't dip them - eat them plain. Skip the hotdogs and cold cuts altogether unless you know they are safe. Have some iced tea and add plain sugar and fresh lemon. BRING foods you can eat so you aren't tempted and weak when your relatives ask why you aren't eating their prized recipe - and you cave in and poison yourself just to make them happy. Avoid Ultra-pasteurized dairy products, cheeses, cream, and half and half with carageenan added. Look for plain Pasteurized whole milk to put in your plain coffee and avoid low fat and non-fat milk - because low fat dairy products usually have dried, high-free glutamate, non-fat dried milk added to boost the protein content. And the list goes on, and on, and on ...

What Are MSG's Alternate Names?

Because of bad publicity, manufacturers try to hide MSG.

Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG: Monosodium Glutamate Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Hydrolyzed Protein Hydrolyzed Plant Protein Plant Protein Extract Sodium Caseinate Calcium Caseinate Yeast Extract Textured Protein (Including TVP) Autolyzed Yeast Hydrolyzed Oat Flour Corn Oil

Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG: Malt Extract Malt Flavoring Bouillon Broth Stock Flavoring Natural Flavors/Flavoring Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring Seasoning Spices

Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins: Carrageenan Enzymes Soy Protein Concentrate Soy Protein Isolate Whey Protein Concentrate

More Detail About MSG?

Also search for research abstracts with "MSG obese" for starters.

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