Wednesday 22 April 2009

MSG, the Silent Killer

MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE - or MSG - is a toxic substance people consume in processed foods, and probably wouldn't if they knew it causes many of their brain cells to die.

MSG is a widespread and silent killer that’s worse for your health than alcohol, nicotine and many drugs, and it is likely lurking in your kitchen cabinets right now.

MSG means "monosodium glutamate", and it is a flavor enhancer that has been widely known as an additive in Chinese food; but now, the dirty truth is the is is actually added to thousands of the foods you and your family regularly eat, especially if you eat the majority of your food as processed foods or in restaurants, like most Americans do, and, to some extent, a growing number of Europeans as well.

McDonald's and most all other fast food restaurants use MSG to help sell their foods. MSG is very inexpensive and makes the food taste good -- which in many ways is similar to SUGAR -- but MSG is far more toxic than sugar.

MSG is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners... in supermarkets, restaurants, school cafeterias... and evn in baby food and infant formula. It makes things seem more tasty and fresher.

It is silently doing major damage to your health.


The FDA states:

"Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.
"Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain."

MSG, like L-cysteine and aspartame, are excitotoxins, chemical transmitters that allow brain cells to communicate, as described in Dr. Russell's Blaylock's book, "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills".

Dr Blaylock writes:
"When an excess of food-borne excitotoxins, such as MSG, hydrolyzed protein soy protein isolate and concentrate, natural flavoring, sodium caseinate and aspartate from aspartame, are consumed, these glutamate receptors are over-stimulated, producing cardiac arrhythmias.
"When magnesium stores are low, as we see in athletes, the glutamate receptors are so sensitive that even low levels of these excitotoxins can result in cardiac arrhythmias and death."


Health issues linked to regular consumption of MSG include:
* Obesity
* Eye damage
* Headaches
* Fatigue and disorientation
* Depression
* Numbness
* Burning sensation
* Tingling
* Facial pressure or tightness
* Chest pain or difficulty breathing
* Headache
* Nausea
* Rapid heartbeat
* Drowsiness
* Weakness

The following ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG:
* Autolyzed yeast
* Glutamate
* Monopotassium Glutamate
* Calcium Caseinate
* Gelatin
* Glutamic Acid
* Hydrolyzed Protein
* Monosodium Glutamate
* Sodium Caseinate
* Textured Protein
* Yeast Extract
* Yeast Food
* Yeast Nutrient

And those other ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing:
* Flavors and Flavorings
* Seasonings
* Natural Flavors and Flavorings
* Natural Pork Flavoring
* Natural Beef Flavoring
* Natural Chicken Flavoring
* Soy Sauce
* Soy Protein Isolate
* Soy Protein
* Bouillon
* Stock
* Broth
* Malt Extract
* Malt Flavoring
* Barley Malt
* Anything Enzyme Modified
* Carrageenan
* Maltodextrin
* Pectin
* Enzymes
* Protease
* Corn Starch
* Citric Acid
* Powdered Milk
* Anything Protein Fortified
* Anything Ultra-Pasteurized


Says Dr Mercola: "The bottom line is that you are going to need to invest some time in the kitchen if you want to stay healthy and avoid fast foods, which if consumed regularly will accelerate your departure from this planet."