Recently I discovered I am sensitive to monosodium glutamate (MSG). The discovery came as the result of doing some research on the artificial sweetener known as aspartame. Aspartame and mononsodium glutamate (MSG) are both excitotoxins. Excitotoxins are chemicals that trick our brain into thinking something tastes good. These chemicals are ultimately poison.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is found in more foods than I would have imagined. The part that bothers me most is that by law in Canada and the United States, food manufacturers do not have to directly reveal the presence of MSG on labeling. Unlike aspartame, monosodium glutamate (MSG) does not have to be labeled as clearly.
Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG
- monosodium glutamate
- hydrolyzed protein
- plant protein extract
- sodium caseinate
- calcium caseinate
- yeast extract
- textured protein (including TVP)
- autolyzed yeast
- hydrolyzed oat flour
- corn oil
Food Additives that FREQUENTLY contain MSG
- malt extract
- malt flavoring
- natural flavors / flavoring
Food Additives that MAY contain MSG
- soy protein concentrate
- soy protein isolate
- whey protein concentrate
Today marks Day #7 without knowingly consuming MSG. My symptoms, which were mainly diarrhea and and difficulties with focus, have been cleared up since Day #3. I am planning a future post that contains a list of common grocery items that contain MSG.
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by Russell L. Blaylock
Recently I blogged about a video from Fox News on the synthetic sweetener, Aspartame. As a follow-up, this post is dedicated to products that contain the poison (Aspartame) that are not so obvious. The original Fox News video can be found here.
It is my intent to update this list on a regular basis. Your submissions are welcome.
Certain Flintstone Vitamin products contain Aspartame. According to the manufacturer, Bayer, Aspartame is used to mask the bitter taste of calcium. Flintstone Vitamins are synthetic so they are of little use to the body anyway. Bayer is a leading pharmaceutical company. Probably best known as makers of Aspirin.
NeoCitran is promoted as a remedy to relieve cold and flu symptoms. This product used to be one of my favorite remedies and I was extremely disappointed when I discovered certain NeoCitran products contain Aspartame. I find this especiallyinteresting considering NeoCitran isn’t recommended for diabetics in the first place and has no connection with weight loss. NeoCitran is made by the pharmaceutical company, Novartis.
Last update: October 10, 2010
If you use Aspartame on a regular basis, you need to watch this. If you want alternatives, we need to talk.
More information on Aspartame (Nutrasweet) can be found on the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network.
At some point I plan to do a more complete review of this poison that is commonly found in diet products. I do not for one minute believe that either the American FDA, or Health Canada always tell the truth or always have our best interests in mind.
August 18, 2009:
A list of products that contain Aspartame that may not be so obvious can be found here.