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Monosodium Glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, is known to offer uncomfortable reactions to many people -- anything from headaches to heart palpations. Persons with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and other similar auto-immune diseases have been known to be particularly sensitive to MSG.
Here is a short list of side effects:
A burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest
Numbness in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms and back
Tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms
Facial pressure or tightness
Chest pain
Rapid heartbeat
Bronchospasm (difficulty breathing) in intolerant people with asthma
Intense cravings for the same foods
MSG-induced reactions may occur immediately after ingestion or after as much as 48 hours. Some excellent information about MSG can be found at
Site Excerpt:

These ALWAYS contain MSG

Glutamic acid
Monosodium glutamate
Calcium caseinate
Textured protein
Monopotassium glutamate
Sodium caseinate
Yeast nutrient
Yeast extract
Yeast food
Autolyzed yeast
Hydrolyzed protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
Hydrolyzed corn gluten

These OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing

Malt extract
Natural pork flavoring
Citric acid
Malt flavoring
Bouillon and Broth
Natural chicken flavoring
Soy protein isolate
Natural beef flavoring
Soy sauce
Barley malt
Soy sauce extract
Whey protein concentrate
Soy protein
Whey protein
Soy protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate
Protease enzymes
Anything protein fortified
Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s)
Anything enzyme modified
Anything fermented
Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s)
Enzymes anything
Seasonings (the word "seasonings")

In ADDITION...The new game is to label hydrolyzed proteins as pea protein, whey protein, corn protein, etc. If a pea, for example, were whole, it would be identified as a pea. Calling an ingredient pea protein indicates that the pea has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present. Relatively new to the list are wheat protein and soy protein.
Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are expensive food additives that work synergistically with inexpensive MSG. Their use suggests that the product has MSG in it. They would probably not be used as food additives if there were no MSG present...
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If you think you may be sensitive to MSG then read the labels of the foods you eat and see if you notice if your reaction comes after a suspected food has been consumed. Addtionally, MSG, as well as many other food additives are acid forming in the body and works against you if you are trying to raise you pH.
The topic of food additives has often been brought up for discussion on the AID conference calls. I will endeavor in the future to bring more information about the foods we can eat to the Evidence of Healing Blog for you to read and to further research.

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DISCLAIMER - The information on this Blog is provided for educational and informational purposes only we are not attempting to prescribe, treat, or recommend and in no way is the information contained on this site intended to be a substitute for a health care provider's consultation. If you are ill please consult your own physician or appropriate health care provider.


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2:05 AM  

Very informative artical. I have always been sensitive to MSG and other additives in food. MSG causes me depression, mood swings, and irritability. Not to mention intestinal problems, nausea, and headaches. It may taste good, but its BAD. BAD, BAD, BAD.

7:27 PM  

I do not believe glutamates are bad. But the potential of too much off any good thing can be.

The US culture is too paranoid by the over application of this essential amino acid like the over application of sodium chloride salt). However, certain people are more sensitive and should not consume this bit should not imply that others should not.

10:33 PM  

MSG makes me feel horrible. It has affected me my whole life, but I finally figured it out about 5 years ago and have been on a no MSG diet since. I feel so much better and avoid it at all costs.

I have published a cookbook called No MSG For Me. It is a great tool for anyone who is avoiding MSG. It is also a good cookbook to give friends and family, so they can make MSG free dishes when you eat together.

Thank you for getting the word out about MSG. So many people are unaware of it and the affect it has on them.

Lisa Kramer
author of No MSG For Me Cookbook

10:58 PM  

MSG - very dangerous!
It can send one to Intensive Cardiac Care for a week with ventrical tachycardia. To be avoided

7:39 AM  

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