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2/6/14 7:55 A

I am! Definitely no MSG for me and my family.

Sometimes people get stuck on believing a food or food additive has to be proven harmful in order to cut it out of the diet. I believe the criteria should be different. Why is MSG so good for us we need to be eating it? Is it particularly high in any vitamins or nutrients? No. Combine that with any possible side effects and it becomes something we don't need to be eating.

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SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
2/5/14 7:19 P

No, it doesn't affect me personally, it does trigger headaches for my daughter though so I avoid adding it to meals. When we go out to eat she asks if MSG is used in meals, if so she requests none added to hers or we go elsewhere is food is not made fresh and already added. I am concerned about the BPA (linked to cancers) in plastic lined cans, foods/drinks in plastic containers or bottles, plastic storage containers, baggies, etc where it is possibily leaking into foods.

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2/5/14 7:01 P

Definitely, I am unsure if it's just coincidence or what but I tend to get headaches when I have food with a lot of MSG, I try to avoid it as much as I can now.

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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/5/14 5:55 P

I found a few studies on Chinese and Thai populations.. but most studies are performed on rats or mice. Those are useful, but it's too bad we tend to stop there and don't follow up with human trials. Rodents are certainly more economical to keep, alas.

I found a few other interesting things on various websites... but some aren't really "research". A few are.

From Nutrition Digest (American Nutrition Association):

From Discovery™ Fit & Health:

From Weston A Price:

study abstract, 2011 American Society for Nutrition:

Abstract, RE: increased BP with MSG from the Journal of Hypertension:

a small study of MSG side effects from the Journal of Headache and Pain:


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2/4/14 7:15 P

I'm going to address the initial question regarding MSG and weight gain.
There are several preliminary studies involving rats that gain weight when injected with MSG. Taking a rat study and applying it to people is tricky. More studies are needed to determine the amount of MSG, how it increases obesity risk, and why in some people but not others. Definitely an area to watch. I think this human study is worth a read for those looking for more on the topic. See link below.

And as always, try to locate published, peer-reviewed research studies to use as evidence and support; Not just some web site found using a google know that scare tactics, horror stories, shock factor is everywhere.

A great source of research is:

Hope this helps
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Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 2/4/2014 (19:18)
EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/4/14 3:45 P

I'm concerned about ANYthing in my food that isn't simply "food".
I remember reading lots of negative stuff about MSG; enough to remember that I've sworn off of it for whatever reasons I read. I don't remember them now, but it was pretty bad. And I've had those dizzy and headachey spells after meals too (especially Chinese, which is notorious for MSG).

Thankfully, I prepare most of my foods from the real stuff these days. Prepackaged stuff doesn't even taste like food to me anymore.
Good riddance.


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2/4/14 3:36 P

I am EXTREMELY sensitive to MSG --- my body reacts 100% to the neurotoxicity of it and I can ALWAYS tell if it's in a food, even if people tell me it's not.. I'll find it on a label lol.. I think it's much more harmful than people realize and I am a strong proponent against it - always will be. It makes me SO sick.

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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
2/4/14 10:46 A

I tend to cook all my own food from scratch, so I know what is in them. I have had issues with chicken soaked in " 15 % sodium solution ", which may be MSG, or just salt. The difference is that it has 340 mg per 4 oz. serving, while the normal chicken is 40-80 mg.

Check the sodium and it will usually be a sign, but also the ingredients list too. I love ingredients like " smoky flavor ", or " natural flavorings ". If you don't know what the ingredients are, especially if the sodium is high, then don't eat the food. Even if it isn't MSG, there might be other unnatural substances there.

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2/4/14 8:40 A

I know I'm sensitive to it. If I have something with MSG in it, I get terrible headaches for the next couple of hours. It's why I started reading labels (to figure out what had MSG in it so I can avoid it) and I also ask at all the restaurants I go to whether they add MSG. You can actually buy the powdered form by the pound in Asian grocery stores.

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2/4/14 1:36 A

I am! Well it happens to me last year, during my birthday. We ate out and when I went home, I was dizzy and I can't explain what I am feeling. The next day, I trouble is still there so I consulted a doctor thinking that it is food poisoning. She suspects its the MSG on the food I took. So there, from that day on, I try to check what I am eating.

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2/4/14 12:54 A

I guess if we prepared the majority of our food from scratch, we wouldn't have to worry. I very seldom have bought, manufactured foods, other than bread.

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WEWRTFO Posts: 130
2/4/14 12:44 A

There is a lot of information on the web linking Monosodium glutamate (MSG) consumption to weight gain or obesity. How MSG could be causing obesity even without increased food consumption. MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as "Natural Flavoring. Since 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. Many studies link MSG to diabetes, migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer's.

Can we stop food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply? Probably not. Can we avoid consuming high amounts of MSG in our food? Absolutely. The big media, fast food industry & food manufactures profit millions at the expense of our own health, addicting us to the foods we should avoid. Another additive to food, another reason to avoid processed foods, fast food and sugar.

Anyone have strong feelings concerning MSG being added to food?

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