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MSG: Dangerous or Deadly? | June 26, 2022

MSG can be responsible for long term neurological damage.

It’s been linked to diabetes, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stomach disorders, fatigue, depression, headaches and migraines, grand mal seizures, irregular or rapid heartbeat, nausea and vomiting, numbness in the fingertips, autism, ADHD,  asthma-like symptoms, fibromyalgia type pain, disorientation and confusion, and degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Don’t be fooled by the term “free glutamate”…

Some foods advertise “No MSG”, or “No added MSG”, but actually, they contain large amounts of a hidden MSG derivative, called “free glutamate”. 

Many people experience adverse reactions but are not aware that the cause may be exposure to this substance, free glutamate, which is created in manufacturing processes.

When any product contains at least 79% free glutamic acid it must be called MSG.

Quantities of less than this amount, do not fall under MSG labeling restrictions, and can be called any number of innocent sounding names, such as “natural flavoring”.

In larger quantities, free glutamate is toxic to everyone, but for those who cannot metabolize it effectively, even very small doses can act like a poison.

MSG stimulates or damages glutamate receptors, making them more sensitive to subsequent ingestion of MSG.

Science suggests that free glutamates may act as a “slow neurotoxin” with damage, such as dementia, only becoming apparent years later.

Stealth dangers…

The tricky part for consumers is that current labeling allows for free glutamate to be hidden under more than 40 different names making it extremely difficult for MSG sensitive individuals to identify.

For example, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, another name for free glutamate, is widely used in many manufactured food products.

Brain lesions have been produced again and again experimentally using hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

Also, it has been determined that when these substances are combined together, as can be found in the lengthy ingredient list of many prepared foods, they become much more toxic than when used individually.

Commercial soups, sauces, and gravies that are in liquid forms are even more toxic than solid forms, because liquids are rapidly absorbed and attain high concentrations in the blood.

MSG has been found to cause serious damage to several areas of the brain…

It has been clearly demonstrated that free glutamate places humans at risk, and plays a critical role in the development of several neurological disorders, but the FDA dismisses much of this extensive research.

Numerous complaints have been filed since its initial use began in the 1940’s.

By 1948, many major food suppliers were using MSG, and since then, its use has doubled each decade.

The average American now consumes 1.92 pounds of MSG each year.

According to Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills”, “…excitotoxins play a critical role in the development of several neurological disorders including migraines, seizures, infections, abnormal neural development, certain endocrine disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders, learning disorders in children, episodic violence, specific types of obesity, and neurodegenerative diseases.”

Hidden names and sources of MSG…

This is where it gets scary.  MSG is hidden in more foods and ingredients than you’d ever dream of.  Here are some examples:

“Enriched”, fermented,  protein fortified, ultra pasteurized, broth, bouillon, caramel flavoring, corn syrup, cornstarch, dry milk solids, natural flavoring, gelatin, gums, malt extract, milk powder, modified food starch, potassium glutamate, seasonings, soy protein, soy sauce or extract, stock, vitamin “enriched,” whey protein, yeast extract and yeast nutrients.

So, buyer beware.  Read those food labels carefully!

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Resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/is-msg-bad-for-you

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/msg-good-or-bad

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938543/

https://www.foodrenegade.com/msg-dangerous-science/

https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/the-dangers-of-monosodium-glutamate.htm

https://www.foodmatters.com/article/the-dangers-of-msg


1 Comment »

  1. I could not disagree with any you mentioned about MSG/MonoSodiumGlutamate, That all started back in the days of Hoover & FDR, with their food freshness plan called CODEX ALIMENTARIUS because money for foods in those days was hard to come by, & people could not throw away foods, before WW II was almost over. This all happened back before the fast food chains & grocery stores were starting to pop up everywhere starting with A&P stores. So today everything from the CDC, FDA & USDA are labeled as GKAS additives & preservatives because they KNOW what all the MSG’s, ASPARTAME’S, NITRATES & NITRITES will do to all brain & heart chemistry as well, with the neurotoxic poisons to preservatives that makes all your foods & drinks taste so good, that YOU CAN’T BUY JUST 1 BAG OR BOX of whatever because they to begin with are CHEAPER to buy than real foods, which more are getting sprayed toxins put on them from APPLES & BANANAS, to VEGETABLES & Deli foods that you think have no labels to are SAFE TO BUY when they are not. ALSO A WARNING WHEN TAKING ANY GENERIC NAME AED’S. You WILL not might or maybe but WILL find more toxins like these MSG’s, & all I mentioned along with toxins like METALS from Aluminum, Talc, Mercury & Titanium, along with other toxic METALS & colored DYES which does the brain NO FAVOR when trying to remember anything from a short term to mass confusion memory loss that it can ALL EFFECT LONG TERM MEMORY OVER TIME. Be wonderful if we can forget we all have seizures & just live a life without them, but THAT is not possible even for the least minor seizure condition that 1 person may be living with. All to say what now is helping me today since 11-15-21, is taking the AED XCOPRI, as it seems to help the brain to make MORE GABA from having a brain that did noe make GABA FROM THE GLUTAMATE SOURCE I HAD & now I seems to have LESS GLUTAMATE with it being lowered some, & MORE GABA to a near normal level where before GABA WAS LOWER THAN NORMAL, which I believe was WHY I was having the seizures like I did, as I had 5 in 2021 & 7 in 2020, & 4 in 2019 & 6 in 2018, which to me was all days & years with NO EXCOPRI in my brain chemistry to make that change that I told doctors years & decades ago what type of drug or supplement that I needed. NOW I am eating a FEW foods with MSG’s in them, as the NATURAL FLAVOR & some other toxins I have put my brain to the test a time or 2 but never every day, knowing my over 61 year history with petit mal to GRAND MAL seizures. I still will keep using the 100% VIRGIN coconut oil made by CARRINGTON FARMS as I have used it now for at least 20 years. EXCOPRI will never make me to use the vegetable, soy & canola oils that are TOXIC to all brain & heart chemistry. HFCS added with ASPARTAMES are no good either as I know what can happen without EXCOPRI does not always means it will not happen with taking EXCOPRI,, as I rather will take LESS drugs, than MORE DRUGS by eating & drinking the bad & toxic foods & drinks.

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    Comment by James D — June 26, 2022 @ 7:05 PM


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