MSG – AKA
It’s the classic story of the old bait-&-switch. You take the lowest quality food available, because it’s the least expensive and find a way to get people, or more specifically, people’s brain cells (neurons), excited about it.
From a marketing and profit standpoint that’s sound, not ethical, but sound. From a medical standpoint it’s a real live nightmare. And it’s a nightmare from which some people may never awaken because the effects of excitotoxins are permanent.
Neurons are brain cells that transmit and receive information. Excitotoxins are pretty much just what their name implies. They are poisons (that’s what toxin means) that excite, or stimulate the neurons, causing pleasurable excitement. When excitotoxins are placed in food, no matter how stale, flat, or bland it tastes, the additive makes it taste good. Makes you want more. So you buy more. And you keep buying more, because you want that pleasure.
So what’s the problem? Well, excitotoxins were tested on brain cells (neurons), and what happens is that the substance causes the neurons to fire rapidly to the point where the cell becomes exhausted and dies. This doesn’t happen over the course of a lifetime, or a decade or even a year. The cells being tested were excited to death within an hour. An hour and good-bye neuron. All so the multi-billion dollar a year food industry can pass off low quality food and make more money.
Not only that, but tests were run on mice, and of course the food companies said, “Sure, a mouse’s brain is small, any amount of excitotoxins would overload it’s brain.” But this is a huge lie. The amount given to the mouse was in scale of the amount taken in by humans in food. And the human brain is 5 times more sensitive than a mouse’s brain to this substance. And 20 times more sensitive than those of rhesus monkeys.
Even more frightening is that newborn brains are 4 times more sensitive to this substance than adult brains, and jarred infant foods and many baby formulas contain some form of MSG or one of its aliases. So don’t be fooled if it doesn’t say monosodium glutamate, remember there are about 23 aliases for it. Please check out the list below and take a look at your baby foods and formulas. Then contact the manufacturer and ask them what the hell!
In 1958 (that’s right, these substances were being studied all the way back then!) it was discovered that glutamate destroys retina cells. Ten years later studies were done showing that the substance not only destroyed eye cells, but brain cells. And a neuropathologist presented his findings to Congress. The billion dollar food industry promised they would remove the substance from baby foods and formulas. They lied. They kept right on using it, in the same amounts, but called it by different names. And whenever they are questioned about the use of glutamate, they keep right on lying.
Apparently the Pure Act says unless the MSG (monosodium glutamate) is 99 % pure, is doesn’t have to be listed in the ingredients under that name. So if it’s 98% pure, with just a little bit of another substance in it, bingo, they can rename it. They sneak it into many, many canned, bottled, and packaged products under many aliases.
The following substances always contain MSG:
Monosodium Glutamate Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate Yeast Extract
Textured Protein Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
The following substances almost always contain MSG:
Malt Extract Malt Flavoring
Natural Flavoring Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring
The following substances might contain MSG or excitotoxins:
Soy Protein Concentrate Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
Oh, and let’s not forget aspartate (NutraSweet), also known as aspartame. I may do an entire separate article to cover that one!
Just out of curiosity, this afternoon, I went through my fridge, especially the salad dressings and condiments. The store brand ranch dressing had Monosodium Glutamate. The Asian oyster sauce had ‘natural flavorings’ and ‘soy protein,’ the Worcestershire sauce had ‘natural flavorings.’
I wasn’t expecting it in the can of chicken broth, but there it was. That’s heartbreaking because I like to take a can of chicken broth, pour it into a pyrex bowl, throw in fresh veggies and some pasta and nuke it for what I thought was a healthy soup. Not any more.
I knew it was in most of the flavored potato and tortilla chips, but I found ‘yeast extract’ in the little snack crackers-which, incidentally my kids grew up on because I always thought they were healthier. And then there is the canned mini ravioli and spaghettios that they loved growing up as well. Not only do they contain MSG, but hydrolyzed vegetable protein as well. Double whammy!
All of these aliases have been under my nose for decades, even after manufacturers promised that there was no more MSG in their products. As I researched this article I saw how many of the manufacturers that I trust with my health and the health of my family and friends, had lied to me. Bold faced, sneaky, underhanded, lied about their products and the contents. For you see, they don’t care about my health. They care about my money ending up in their till.
And it doesn’t stop with what’s on my shelf. Even if I go to a restaurant and order a salad, the dressing that they slop onto it will no doubt contain excitotoxins. Not to mention the mayonnaise, the BBQ sauce, steak sauce, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, soups, gravies, and the list goes on and on.
The multi-billion dollar food industry wields so much power over the FDA and Congress that apparently they don’t have to tell the truth. Information is omitted from labels, because the requirements are lax or they get around the listings by diluting the glutamate with just enough of another substance to get around the 99% pure listing requirement. Liars.
Excitotoxins destroy brain cells. Their effects are linked to most degenerative brain diseases like Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines, Diabetes, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and to other brain problems like seizures, strokes, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, hypoglycemia, obesity, AIDS dementia, and brain tumors. It doesn’t necessarily cause the diseases, but it worsens the symptoms, and causes more rapid progression of the disease.
Long story short, excitotoxins damage and kill brain cells. If it’s on the label of what you’re about to put in your mouth, don’t. Seriously! And severely limit your intake of fast food (KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Popeyes, McDonald’s, etc.) and even finer restaurant food. Almost every packaged, bottled or canned food item contains some form of excitotoxins. And don’t for one minute think that because you shop in health food stores your shopping can be carefree. The aliases get by. Print up the list of aliases and truck on over to your nearest organic aisle or health food store. Take a look at the packaged, canned, or bottled items. Scary, isn’t it?
If it’s all about money, and the food industry doesn’t think it’s important to safeguard our health, then perhaps a boycott is in order. No packaged, bottled or canned foods or beverages until the government forces the food industry to clean up their act. Just fresh fruits and vegetables. Cooking from scratch. Feeding our children healthy foods and beverages so they can improve the world they live in and think their way through high school.
It all starts with knowledge. Knowing about the lies. Knowing about the fraudulent labeling. Knowing about the dangers. Knowing about the effects of substances in our foods.
When you’re finished reading this article, please bring it to the attention of at least three or four of your friends. Especially friends with children, or who are planning to have children.
And check out Russell Blaylock, MD (“Excitotoxins, The Taste that Kills”) (YouTube also has an excellent presentation of his), Gloria Gilbere, ND, DAHom, PhD, The Pure Act, Nicholas Wade, The Cheeseburger Act (thank you George W. Bush for pushing that one through and putting our health in jeopardy), and John W. Olney.
There will most likely be more from me about excitotoxins, because I continuously research this crucial subject. I for one, would like to have full use of my brain as I age, and certainly would like to have others around for intelligent conversation. So take care of yourselves. Protect yourselves from the liars. Be well!