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Thursday, July 29, 2010

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate. Be Aware!

Do you read labels closely? Are you aware of the REAL ingredients in your daily food? Do you get a feeling sometimes that food is like a drug? You go to one of your favorite restaurants and their food seems so intensely delicious that you dream about it all the time until you come back and eat there again. Do you realize how cheap it is to make potato chips with MSG. This knowledge is unreal and it will blow your mind!

If you do get sensation that a particular food is so intensely delicious, it may be for a reason.  An array of food chemicals have been created in the last few decades.  Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is one that often used in food industry.  This substance makes our taste buds feel wild and happy and it’s found in fast food, in many restaurants, packaged and processed foods, sushi, Chinese food, etc.  It is created to bring exciting taste to very cheap, low quality food. 

I once saw a Russian movie which performed an experiment on MSG. A lady had a bowl of a natural veggie soup and the same soup with MSG. She said that the one with MSG was so much tastier and the one without it had a plain boring taste. 

MSG is usually disguised under some names like textured vegetable protein or plant protein extract that would seem more or less safe to the unaware consumer. It has many more names and you can read more about it in the article below. The saddest part is that even though it is so harmful for a human brain to consume the FDA approves it and even allows it in some kids meals.

Here is a great article from the Food Matters Movie Blog. The article is long but it is worth reading for your own awareness and safety. It also gives a long list of foods to pay close attention to:

Here is an excerpt:
“The term MSG is seldom seen listed on a food label, but MSG is most likely contained in the food, in a disguised form. Here are some of its many disguises: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, textured whey protein, and textured soy protein. Even the innocuous terms spice and natural flavor can designate the presence of MSG.”

With this new knowledge of the modern food, don't hesitate to spend more time in a grocery store to read all those beautiful colorful labels and pay especial attention to those labels that don't say "All Natural" or "Organic"  Not only your family will benefit from your food choice, your grandchildren and their grandchildren will benefit from the choices you make in that store today! 

Lets Stand Together Against MSG!

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