Weekend – December 6-7, 2008

Weekend – December 6-7, 2008

Another bone to pick with modern food production: monosodium glutamate (MSG), and its many aliases, may be lurking in your food. MSG is a factory-produced flavor enhancer. It can be found in almost every bottled, bagged, frozen, or otherwise processed food at your local supermarket. Read this, and reference these studies:

“The Induction of Obesity in Rodents by Means of Monosodium Glutamate”

“Brain Lesions, Obesity, and Other Disturbances in Mice Treated With Monosodium Glutamate”

“Effect of Monosodium Glutamate on Some Endocrine Function”

This stuff is no good, and it is not just in Chinese food, either! Please, take a careful look at the ingredients on everything in your fridge, and throw out the offenders. Because MSG is often a component of a formulation, you may not see “MSG” on the label. Here are some foods that contain greater than 78% free glutamate:

monsodium glutamate, monopotassium glutamate, glutamate, glutamic acid, vegetable protein extract, gelatin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, autolyzed plant protein, sodium caseinate, senomyx (wheat extract).

Here are some substances that contain some factory-created free glutamate in varying amounts. Keep in mind that many processed foods list several of these ingredients, which can sum to a dangerous level.

malted barley, barley malt, malt extract/flavoring, maltodextrine, dextrose, dextrates, caramel flavoring, stock, broth, bouillon, carrageenan, whey protein or whey, whey protein isolate or concentrate, pectin, protease, natural flavoring, “seasonings,” soy protein, soy sauce, cornstarch fructose, wheat/rice/oat protein, anything “enriched,” protein-fortified “anything,” enzyme-modified proteins, ultra-pasteurized dairy products (darn), modified food starch, “low” or “no-fat” items, HFCS, milk powder, annato, gums (guar and vegetable), dough conditioners


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