Dangerous food additives. MSG hidden in food.

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

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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 http://www.truthinlabeling.org/WhatIsMSG.html
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7854587
3 http://www.naturalnews.com/039199_central_nervous_system_damage_MSG.html
4 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12975635
5 http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Migraine.html
6 http://www.naturalnews.com/039918_MSG_food_labels_excitotoxins.html
7 http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html
8 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22766026