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Reasons to avoid E621 (MSG) anyway

  1. E621, or MSG, is on the known list of approved additives. The system with E numbers is a very long list of additives that we can find in our food every day. The list of E numbers has been compiled by European scientists who have shown after research that the additives on the list do not harm health. That's true indeed, for most E numbers. But there are some on the list that have debatable names. One of these is for example aspartame, also known under number E951.

  1. Another infamous E number is E621. This is also known as MSG. MSG is an abbreviation for Mono S odium G lutamate.

  1. In this article you will find everything you need to know about this additive, which is added more often than you might think.

  1. Ask someone if MSG (E621) is dangerous and you will immediately get a wide variety of responses. Some of the more scientifically savvy among us will scoff at the notion that MSG is dangerous or that it carries real health risks. Sure, they'll admit that there are a few sensitive people who can get headaches or migraines when they eat it, but for the rest of the people, MSG isn't actually harmful.

  1. Or is it?

  1. Are you one of many who don't believe MSG is dangerous? Or do you believe, as I do, because it is a newfangled substance invented in 1908 as a food additive, we must naturally mistrust and doubt its safety?

  1. Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a flavor enhancing food additive commonly used in Asian cuisine and also commonly found in fast foods and prepackaged food products such as chips, crackers, soups and soup mixes, lunch bars, salad dressings and many other products.

  1. Some people say that consuming MSG can cause side effects and symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and some other symptoms. We will talk about the side effects of MSG later in this article.

  1. MSG is derived from an amino acid called glutamic acid, which is naturally found in foods such as mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and fermented soybean products such as soy sauce. Glutamic acid belongs to a broad category of compounds called glutamates, which are the source of a flavor called umami.

  1. A widespread and silent killer who is worse for your health than alcohol, nicotine and many medications and is probably in your kitchen cupboard right now.

  2. A widespread and silent killer who is worse for your health than alcohol, nicotine and many drugs and is probably in your kitchen cupboard right now.

  1. "It" is monosodium glutamate (MSG) a flavor enhancer known as an additive to Chinese food, but actually added to thousands of foods that you and your family eat regularly, especially if you edit frequently eat foods or food in restaurants.

  1. MSG is one of the worst nutritional supplements on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, deli meats, salad dressings, frozen meals and more. It's found in your local grocery store and many restaurants, in your kids' school cafeteria and amazingly even in baby snacks and infant formula.

  2. MSG is one of the worst nutritional supplements on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, deli meats, salad dressings, frozen meals, and much more. It is found in your local grocery store and many restaurants, in your children's school cafeteria and amazingly even in baby snacks and infant formula.

  1. MSG is more than just a spice like salt or pepper, it enhances the flavor of food, adds flavor and aroma to cold cuts and frozen meals, makes salad dressings tastier, and canned foods less bland.

  2. MSG is more than just a spice like salt or pepper, it enhances the flavor of food, adds flavor and aroma to cold cuts and frozen meals, makes salad dressings tastier and canned foods less bland.

  1. While the benefits of MSG for the food industry are actually quite obvious, this food additive could slowly and quietly cause serious damage to your health.

What exactly is MSG?

  1. As early as 1908, monosodrium glutamate was 'invented', or actually 'found'. The inventor was Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese man who identified the natural flavor enhancer of seaweed.

  1. With the help of this substance they were able to create the man-made additive MSG and he and a partner started the company Ajinomoto which is now the largest producer of MSG in the world and today for that matter also produces drugs.

  2. With the help of this substance, they were able to create the man-made additive MSG and he and a partner started the Ajinomoto company which is now the largest producer of MSG in the world and today also produces drugs.

  1. Chemically, MSG is approximately 78% glutamic acid, 21% sodium, and up to 1% pollutants.

  1. It is a misconception that MSG is a flavoring agent or a means to tenderize meat. In reality, MSG has very little flavor, but when you eat MSG, you think the food you eat has more protein and therefore tastes better. It actually fools your tongue with the well-known fifth base umami flavor.

  1. Umami is the flavor of glutamate, which is a savory flavor in many Japanese foods, bacon, and also in the toxic food additive MSG. It is because of umami that foods with MSG have a fuller and tastier taste for most people than foods without it.

  1. The ingredient did not become widespread until after World War II when the US military realized that because of the MSG, Japanese rations were much better than the US versions.

  1. In 1959 the American Food and Drug Administration labeled MSG as "safe" and has remained so ever since. Even so, it is telling that a condition known as the "Chinese restaurant complex" was discovered 10 years later. With this condition, many people experience side effects such as numbness and palpitations after eating MSG.

  1. Today, that syndrome is referred to as the "MSG Symptom Complex" which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identifies as "short term reactions" of MSG.

Why are aroma enhancers used so much in our food?

  1. Simply put, the job of flavor enhancers is to give bland, bland, and bad food a great taste.

  1. It is a colorless, odorless powder that is very inexpensive and that is why it is so easy for chefs, cooks and food producers to substitute real ingredients with it.

  1. Isn't that the upside-down world? Why is there no real food in our food?

Why is MSG so dangerous?

  1. One of the best overviews of the real dangers of MSG comes from Dr. Russell Blaylock, a certified neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. In it, he explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, meaning it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing damage to the brain to varying degrees - and possibly even learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, the disease. Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and many more diseases.

  1. Also part of the problem is that glutamic acid is the same neurotransmitter that your brain, nervous system, eyes, pancreas and other organs use to initiate certain processes in your body. Even the authorities say:

  1. "Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body as well."

  1. An abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked to certain neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. Glutamate injections in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.

  1. While authorities claim that consuming MSG in food does not cause these disease effects, many other experts argue otherwise.

  1. Numerous glutamate receptors have been found, in both the electrical conduction system of your heart and in the heart muscle itself. This can be harmful to your heart and can even cause sudden deaths, such as sometimes seen in young athletes.

  1. When an excess of additives such as MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, soy protein, natural flavors, sodium caseinates and aspartates from aspartame are eaten, the glutamate receptors are over-stimulated and which can cause cardiac arrhythmias.

  1. When magnesium levels are low, as we often see in athletes, the glutamate receptors are so sensitive that even low levels of these excitotoxins can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and death.

  1. Many other adverse effects are also linked to regular use of MSG:

  1. In addition, even the FDA recognizes that "short-term responses," also known as the MSG Symptom Complex, can occur in certain groups of people, namely those who eat "large amounts" of MSG or those with asthma. performance.

  1. Symptoms of the MSG Symptom Complex may include the following:

  1. No one is sure how many people may be "sensitive" to MSG, but studies from the 1970s suggested that 25% to 30% of the population is sensitive to MSG. As the use of MSG has expanded dramatically since then, it is now estimated that up to 40% of the population will be affected.

MSG and its role in food addiction

  1. Despite the dangers of MSG for consumers, it is still widely used in the food industry. Why? Because it plays an important role in obtaining and retaining consumers who are addicted to nutrients with low nutritional value and high calories. MSG triggers a hunger response in those who use it, but that hunger is persistent and unsatisfactory even when a person eats a lot. This can lead to chronic overeating, usually from products that contain even more MSG, creating a vicious cycle. Since other artificial ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup are usually addictive as well, it is not surprising that two out of three adults in America are overweight or obese.

How can you determine if there is MSG in your food?

  1. Food manufacturers are not stupid and they also realize that people like you want to avoid eating this food additive. Do you think they will respond by removing the MSG from their products? Well, a few manufacturers may have done this, but most of them have tried to "clean up" their labels. In other words, they were trying to hide the fact that MSG is an ingredient that is in their product. How do they do this? By using names you would never associate with MSG.

  1. It is mandatory for food manufacturers to list the ingredient "monosodium glutamate" on their food labels, but they do not need to list ingredients such as glutamic acid, although this is actually the main constituent of MSG. There are over 40 labeled ingredients that contain glutamic acid that you would never associate with MSG. Plus that in some foods the glutamic acid is only formed during processing and yes, that is not stated on the labels.

3 Ways to Avoid MSG in Your Food

  1. Avoiding MSG is harder than it sounds. Sure, it's easy to just stop eating at Asian buffet restaurants and that's a good first step too. But if you suspect that you or someone you love is sensitive to MSG, or if you want to avoid it for other reasons (and there are many good reasons), then you should be aware that MSG can come from very unexpected sources.

  1. Once you decide to avoid MSG completely, you really need to change the way you shop. There are certain foods that you just shouldn't eat anymore. You may already stop eating many of the foods on this list, but if you do, you should really stop buying the following items.

  1. This is not a very comprehensive list, but it does give you an idea of ​​what to be extra careful about:

  1. Another reason MSG is so difficult to detect is that it is not always labeled as you would expect it to be. If you saw "monosodium glutamate" on the ingredients list, you will of course avoid it. That's easy. But there are so many other ingredient names that are very similar to MSG and can also cause similar reactions. If you are just starting to monitor your diet, you should pay particular attention to the following words:

  1. The above list contains the most common ingredients that contain MSG, but there are really many more. The list is long and extensive so otherwise make some notes to avoid it in the store.

  1. We have already covered Asian buffet restaurants and you are probably already aware that there is a lot of MSG used in this kitchen. But you might not have known that most other buffet restaurants actually use MSG or similar preservatives. Most family-friendly restaurants with large buffets use MSG. If you suspect that you are sensitive to MSG, make sure to think about this the next time you visit a large buffet. If you experience a migraine attack or nausea within hours of leaving the restaurant, you know you're probably better off visiting another restaurant next time.

  1. Aside from large buffets, even regular menu items can be a minefield for those sensitive to MSG. The following items should all be eaten in moderation:

  1. Now that you know that MSG is used so often in restaurants, think twice before ordering. There are of course also many good restaurants that serve fresh and healthy food. It's great to support these, especially since you now know that you can safely eat everything there.

Finally ...

  1. When food is processed, it can generally be assumed to contain MSG (or one of the pseudo-ingredients). So if you stick to a diet full of healthy fresh and whole grains, you can be pretty sure you can avoid this toxin. Another place to be on the lookout for MSG is in restaurants. You can ask the waitress which dishes on the menu do not contain MSG and ask if they don't want to add MSG to your meal, but the only place where you can be completely sure that nothing is actually being added to your meals is of course your own kitchen. To be completely sure, you also need to know which ingredients to look for on a food packaging.





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