Understanding MSG

MSG is still in quite a few packaged and processed foods, and understanding what it is and how it effects your health is vital.

Below, is a list which outlines some of the more common symptoms of an MSG reaction

  • Brain damage
  • Behavior disorders
  • Emotional disorders
  • Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Asthma attacks
  • Non-Asthma breathing difficulties
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Migraines
  • Brain Fog
  • Obesity and weight gain
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • Unexplained metabolic disorders
  • Numbness or tingling in arms, legs, and feet
  • Depression
  • Emotional instability
  • Various symptoms that look like Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stuttering
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Non-Migraine headaches

Because of the recent MSG awareness within the American food-buying population, many food manufacturers have started “hiding” MSG in food labels by using different names for the same chemical. In addition, you should be aware that food manufactures are not required to list MSG as a separate ingredient if it is part of the make up of a whole ingredient. For example, the ingredient listed as “Soy Sauce” most likely contains high amounts of MSG. However, MSG need not be listed on the label because it is contained under the soy sauce listing.

The following ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG:

Glutamic Acid (E 620)2
Glutamate (E 620)
Anything Glutamate— examples include: Monosodium glutamate, Magnesium glutamate, Calcium glutamate
Anything listed as hydrolyzed— examples include hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed yeast extract
Textured Protein
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Soy sauce
Yeast Extract
Yeast Food
Yeast nutrient
Torula yeast
Calcium caseinate
Sodium caseinate
Soy Protein
Anything labeled as “protein fortified”
Soy sauce extract
Enzyme modified
Anything containing protease

The following foods and ingredients USUALLY contain MSG:

Malt extract
Carrageenan (E 407)
Brewer’s Yeast
Pectin (E 440)
Natural Flavor
Anything listed as “flavors” or “flavoring”
Anything listed as ultrapasturized
Citric acid
Barley malt
Malted barley

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