With the constant battle for exposure to GMO ingredients, it pales in comparison to the many sneaky ways MSG is added and labeled in the majority of foods that line grocery story shelves today. AND, what better way to hide MSG from conscientious consumers than to hide it in plain sight. While you might think that MSG should be easy to spot on a food product label, think again. Thanks to unscrupulous lobbyists and laughable FDA standards, MSG can be called by many a different name for the sake of food product labeling, and in fact, is.
Before we get to the long and still not fully complete list of names MSG can be legally labeled as on food product labels, I would like to gently remind consumers of the obvious when it comes to commercially processed food consumption. ALL fast food and commercially processed foods, and even the majority of sit down chain restaurants, use sub-par ingredients, fake lab-made food ingredients, and are saturated through and through with GMO’s, MSG and other toxic chemicals and pesticides. If you want to change your health, weight and wellbeing, avoid eating these 3 top offenders. We all have busy lives, and I myself raised 2 boys as a single parent working 2 jobs, so I can appreciate the stress and dance with time management on a very personal level. However, eating nature made food is not as cumbersome as the marketing efforts of drive-through fast food commercials make it out to be. Avoiding the big food offenders (GMO’s and MSG) is easier if you actually prepare quick & easy, fresh ingredient meals at home, and a habit you should strive to achieve.
MSG is an exotoxin, whose main purpose as a food additive in commercially processed foods is to override the body’s natural hunger hormones, thereby causing excessive overeating and addiction to the foods that contain MSG. MSG messes with the dopamine release in your brain, causing you to feel a temporary “high”, and unbeknownst to you, also creates an addiction to the intake of the food product(s) that are causing the temporary “high”. Developing a junk food or processed food addiction is no different than developing an addiction to other dopamine stimulating substances, such as cigarettes; alcohol; adrenaline-releasing activities (adrenaline “junkies” are addicted to the dopamine release and need more and more to feel good), etc..
How to Identify MSG on Food Labels
According to the site TruthinLabeling.org, which is dedicated to monitoring MSG in food products, any of the following labeling terms indicate that MSG is present:
Hydrolyzed protein of ANY type
Whey protein concentrate
Other ingredients that almost always include or produce free glutamic acid during the processing phase include:
Bouillon, broth or stock
Any “flavors” or “flavoring,” including so-called natural flavoring
Barley malt, malted barley or malt extract
Citric acid, Citrate
And finally, the site lists the following ingredients as being suspected of containing enough MSG to serve as triggers in those who are highly sensitive to the substance:
Modified food starch
Brown rice syrup
Products that are “pasteurized”
Lipolyzed butter fat
Reduced fat milk
Most products that are identified as “low fat” or “no fat”
Products that list the terms enriched or vitamin enriched
Nature made foods are MSG-free. Make them staple ingredients in all of you and your family’s meals.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews