by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© January 2015, L.D.
Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational
purposes only. It is not for the
diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
monosodium glutamate, is a common food additive and an addictive slow
poison. It is associated with
hyperactive behavior in children, obesity, seizures, headaches and dozens of
other subtle or not-so-subtle symptoms that many people experience.
is not required to be labeled as such, in many instances. But it is added to thousands of
processed food items. It is even
added to Tim Horton’s and other popular coffee drinks! At the end of this article are labeling
tricks to look for to find out if a food contains it. Also included are several other websites with more
MSG AND OBESITY
is a true story about MSG and weight gain.
Erb was a research assistant at the
University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada,
and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific
journals for a book he was writing called "The
Slow Poisoning of America".
hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and
rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies.
strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create
them. They make these morbidly
obese creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin
the pancreas creates; causing rats (and humans?) to become obese. They even have a title for the fat
rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats"”.
is in most every processed food product.
Examples include Campbell's
Soups, Hostess Doritos, Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker
Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals and Kraft
salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low fat' ones.
that don’t have MSG marked on the product label often have something called
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein', which also contains MSG. Other common names are 'Accent',
'Aginomoto’ and 'Natural Meet Tenderizer'.
Restaurants. Most fast food and chain restaurants
use MSG in some form in prepared dressings, sauces, spice mixes and other items
to entice the customers.
King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell are just a few of the ones that use
it. Others are TGIF, Chili's,
Applebee's, Denny’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
to researcher John Erb, MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on
the human body. Even the
propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting
MSG at: http://www.msgfactscom/facts/msgfact12.html
explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of the elderly showed that
people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more
benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? 'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a
whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is
MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their
products. It makes people choose
their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if
MSG wasn't added.
its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been
added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks and
fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. The FDA has set no limits on how much of it
can be added to food.
Indeed, they claim it's safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it safe when there
are hundreds of scientific studies concerning the adverse effects of MSG? It is obvious the FDA is not concerned
with our health, no matter what the television news reports.
HIDDEN NAMES FOR MSG
always contain MSG when these words
are on the label:
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
Autolyzed Plant Protein
Yeast food or nutrient
made with the following products often
Malted Barley (flavor)
Modified food starch
Rice syrup or brown rice syrup
Malt Extract or Flavoring
Natural Chicken, Beef, or Pork,
Flavoring "Seasonings" (Most assume this means salt, pepper, or
spices and herbs, which sometimes it is.)
Lipolyzed butter fat
Soy Sauce or Extract
"Low" or "No Fat"
Caramel Flavoring (coloring)
Corn syrup and corn syrup solids (some
companies use another process to make their product, saying it is MSG free)
Soy Protein Isolate or Concentrate
Citric Acid (when processed from corn)
Dry Milk Solids
Wheat, rice, or oat protein
Protein Fortified Milk
Whey Protein or Whey
Anything enriched or vitamin enriched
Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate
Protein fortified "anything"
Enzyme modified "anythng"
this list seems daunting, that is because it is. This is one reason to stay at home for meals or only
frequent quality ethnic restaurants and avoid all the chain restaurants. I know this is a tall order for many
people, but I do it myself with ease.
It is just a good habit that takes a while to establish and then it is
hardest thing is when friends want to go to their favorite fast food place, or
even regular restaurant like Denny’s.
so go once in a while and order vegetables and hamburger. Stay away from salads with dressings
and the ketchup and relish likely are chock full of MSG and other chemicals as
option is to meet friends elsewhere, something that I now prefer very
much. Eat at home, have people to
your home or make sure if you go to their house that they don’t douse the food
with sauces that almost always contain lots of sugar and MSG as well.
more information about MSG, there is a book entitled Battling the MSG Myth,. It will simplify your life by giving in
depth facts about the hidden sources the common foods in which it is found and
how to avoid it.
2. The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese
rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity, Gobatto CA, Mello MA,
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