This Poison Is in Your Dinner… And You Didn’t Even Know It

Dangerous food additives. MSG hidden in food.

Though you may be doing your best to eat healthy, your food may be working against you.

Hidden food additives may sabotage your hard work. These additives can turn a food you thought was healthy into something you’d never want to eat.

But that’s not the worst part…

This one very common additive is in most foods. Its only job is to make your taste buds happy. Happy taste buds mean you’ll crave more later.

You already know you should stay away from it. The problem is, you might not even know you’re eating it. Food companies find ways to either hide it on a label or not include it at all.

They hide this additive because it’s toxic to your brain.

Avoiding these foods may seriously improve your quality of life. In one study, 84% of participants with fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome on an MSG-free diet lost at least 30% of their symptoms.8

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a form of glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is a naturally occurring compound. MSG, on the other hand, is made in a food or chemical plant. It also comes from fermented beets.1

MSG is a common flavor enhancer. This doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

The problem is that MSG is an excitotoxin. Though excitotoxins enhance the flavor of food, they over-stimulate and deplete neuron receptors. Eventually, these neurons die.2 This can disrupt your immune system.3

The official story from the FDA is that MSG might cause negative reactions, including headaches and nausea… But they can’t “conclusively” link these side effects to MSG.4

But according to Alfred Scopp, former head of the Northern California Headache Clinic, roughly 33% of migraine patients report symptoms as a result of consuming MSG.5

Bottom line:  MSG is bad… So your best bet is to simply avoid it. Only it isn’t that simple.

There are certain ingredients that always contain processed MSG… That means that even though MSG may not be on the label as an ingredient itself, there still may be ingredients in the product that contain it.

Some known offenders include whey protein, soy protein, any form of hydrolyzed protein, soy sauce, gelatin, and anything fermented. These are ingredients that always contain MSG.7

While that may seem like a pretty manageable list, those are only the ingredients that always contain MSG. There’s a whole other category of ingredients that often contain MSG. These include natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, or any sort of seasoning.8

Certified organic may even contain MSG. All it takes is “natural flavors” or “citric acid” as an ingredient to just about guarantee the presence of MSG. This can really put a damper on your healthy eating and hard work.

Since MSG makes cheap food tasty, most companies will do everything they can to keep it in your food… And keep you from knowing about it!

It’s a risk that you don’t have to take. Instead, take the extra time and treat yourself to a home cooked meal with fresh ingredients. It’s the healthy choice that tastes better and doesn’t cause headaches or brain damage.

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  1. Derek Blair says:

    Please note: People do NOT “…eat healthy”. They eat HEALTHILY.
    People do NOT eat healthy food; they eat HEALTHFUL food.
    I have read that hearts beat strong. NO, they beat strongly.
    After a woman used Alleviate, she could walk normal (instead of normally),
    What has happened to the English language in this country? Everyone speach is moronic!

    • Dave Stephens says:

      RE: Derek Blair,
      Hey Derek, I agree with what you’re saying. However, if you’re going to talk smack, then at least learn how to spell and say it correctly.
      e.g., Everyone speech is moronic!
      How about, Everyone’s speech is moronic!
      So you don’t look like the moron!

    • INH Research says:

      Thank you for your comment!

      Healthful is a centuries-old adjective that traditionally means promoting good health. Over the years it has been pushed out by healthy, which traditionally applied to anything that was in good health (usually a person). For example, a healthy person would be one who eats lots of healthful foods. But today, most writers would use healthy for both the person and the good food. This is a long-established convention (Source:

    • Jake says:

      The English language constantly evolves, changes, mutates. Our mother tongue is radically different today from in Shakespeare’s time and significantly different from even Lincoln’s era. One of the ways it evolves is via shortening of words and phrases. Brevity, quickness, and speed are in the American grain – after all, we had a huge continent to settle and a pot of money to be made. What I’m leading up to is this: “We eat healthy” is rapidly becoming accepted parlance. “We eat healthily” is a tad too difficult to say and will soon be confined to the dustbin of linguistic history except by pedants.

    • Daniel says:

      I got your drift! It took a couple of readings. You are correct! Our grammer has taken a terrible beating and natural health infomercials are not immune. Ha, ha. We do not write good anymore … I mean we do not write well anymore. Thankyou! Nouns are nouns and pronouns are always pronouns and so it goes as we sort out adjectives that describe them. Adverbs are used to describe verbs and actions but we often substitue adjectives such as “good” to describe our state of being. My biggest complaint … “How are you doing?” “Oh, you say, I am doing good!” Good is an adjective, not an adverb as you can see. I am doing “well” of course, but I also try to be a “good” person. So then, we can all improve our language skills if we simply remember to use adjectives to describe “things” and adverbs to describe “activities”. I can feel like someone who is poor or destitue but this is not the same as my feeling “poorly”. You can not feel “poor” but you can feel “poorly”! English is not easy and our grammar is especially difficult. However, it shows a degree of professionalism when we take the time to think about what we are trying to communicate! It reflects on the products we advertise and on the integrity of those who do the advertising. Thank you for sharing your insight!

      • Daniel says:

        P.S. MSG is like bad grammer. Avoid it! It will ruin your supper and your health. Seriously, there are many excellent ways to add zest and flavor to our food naturally. Spices not only add flavor to our meals but provide important health benefits from mother earth. Artificial flavoring is like virtual reality on the dinner plate. It replaces the nutrients that nature intended for us to enjoy from mother earth. Greek oregano is one example of a great all around herb that strengthens our immune system. It is flavorful and nutritious as well as being versatile and useful in so many everyday foods. It is especially a great complement in chicken soup on a cold day. My other favorites are sage, dill, parsley, basil and chives. Fresh garlic is wonderful and it is also a great food for purifying the blood. Herbs are the truly the spice of life!

  2. Sandy says:

    Everyone speach? lol

  3. Shirley says:

    I’m often cross about sloppy misuse of English. I was always top of grade in school and loved using interesting words. Ive been a proof reader and publisher long ago so things leap out at me! Using speech marks for titles or title marks for speech is a common misuse. Plus the apostrophe problem, the worst offence. I thought it was just because I’m getting old. My grandkids tell me I’m intolerant because many folk are dyslexic and shouldn’t be discriminated against. It’s a shame texting has driven letter writing into the Stone Age!

  4. Gene says:

    Your point is taken and you are right about poor English grammar being so common today. However, I’d suggest that you critics focus on the content, meaning and value of the message rather than the writer’s imperfect English. Chances are good that you could write a message in perfect English but without the same or better knowledge. Live and let live.

  5. Drew says:

    I’m surprised to see whey protein listed here as an offender. I had no idea. Any particular type of whey? Or are all of them likely to have it? Unflavoured whey protein isolate?

    • Courtney says:

      it’s produced in the process of isolating, concentrating or extracting protein. even naturally brewed soy sauces.

  6. Marlene says:

    It sounds like misrepresentation of the ingredients and the FDA and Food administrators that we trust are allowing it. It’s truly shameful….that the label “natural flavors” allows MSG. It makes me wonder what else is hiding under that category of “Natural Flavor”? We need to spread the word.

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