The Shocking Truth About “No MSG Added” Labels Big Food Is Hiding From You


The MSG is not something you want in your body. However, we do consume it one way or the other. There aren’t big labels on products stating that they have MSG, so we need to take a closer look to what we buy in the store.

Originally called the “miracle substance” for its ability to make anything palatable, today monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the most controversial food additives.

Although it can naturally occur as glutamic acid in whole foods, when derived and processed commercially in high concentration, it can lead to a laundry list of health issues. MSG’s controversy lies not only because the industry seems to ignore the alarming studies, but also because it is becoming more difficult to avoid — it hides in dozens of ingredients.

In the 1980s doctors started to raise red flags. Their patients experienced headaches, nausea, stomach upsets, diarrhea, depression, insomnia, and life-threatening asthma attacks, all pointing to MSG as the culprit.

This was more than a decade ago, and the food industry’s obsession with hiding MSG has become worse since then.

MSG has been shown to lead to a long list of health issues, including obesity, behavioral disorders, neurogenerative disorders, adverse reactions, and it even has the potential to contribute to brain damage.

Multiple studies have found that MSG leads to weight gain, inflammation, and liver problems, as well as greatly worsens already existing conditions.

A 2009 study showed exacerbation of fatty liver disease in animals when fed MSG in their diets. They expressed symptoms of increased liver inflammation, cell damage, and cell cycle impairment.

A 2008 study showed that MSG may lead to liver inflammation, which in turn promotes other diseases to develop, such as diabetes and autoimmune disorders.

MSG also led to chronic inflammation in a 2011 study.

In another 2011 study, not only have the mice developed diabetes when taking MSG with normal food intake, they also suffered from severe complication of obesity.

A diet of just 1.125% MSG led to weight gain, higher adiposity (tendency to store body fat), and reduced insulin sensitivity, as found in The British Journal of Nutrition.

A 2012 study showed that MSG exacerbated symptoms of fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

Where MSG is Hiding

There are varying amounts of hidden MSG in almost all processed foods. Here are the potential MSG ingredient names you need to know:


Common MSG ingredients are:

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Textured Vegetable Protein
Yeast Extract

Hidden names for MSG and ingredients that often produce processed, free glutamic acid:

Ajinomoto
Anything hydrolyzed
Anything protein (look for out-of-place types or names)
Any hydrolyzed protein
Autolyzed Yeast
Calcium Caseinate
Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
Carrageenan (E 407)
Caseinate
Gelatin
Glutamic Acid (E 620)2
Glutamate (E 620)
Isolated protein source
Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
Malt extract
Maltodextrin
Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
Natrium Glutamate
Natural Flavors
Oligodextrin
Pectin (E 440)
Sodium Caseinate
Soy Protein Isolate
Soy Sauce
Textured Protein
Umami
Vetsin
Whey Protein Isolate
Yeast Extract
Yeast Food
Yeast Nutrient

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