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MJLUVSANIMALS SparkPoints: (39,531)
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3/7/13 11:11 A

The problem was, it was a reaction from too much MSG at one sitting. I have had it over the years, but compiled with any salt and items throughout the day is what brought on the problem.
An occasional food or dinner with it, cannot be as harmful as what happened to me. I will just not eat a food laden with it, and definitely will not use something like Accent to flavor, when it could be dangerous for me. I do have HBP and I am sure this was not good for that as well. My Mom used Accent when we were growing up, and I was young and a little more resilient than I am now. It's anyone's call, what happened to me was totally unexpected. So I have learned that this additive is not my choice.

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3/7/13 8:41 A

My mom has a jar of the straight MSG spice, it's called Accent. We just had this conversation last night because a dressing recipe that she has calls for it. I can eat it and not have a reaction, but I have known people with severe allergies to it that get migraines if they eat it. Personally, as someone who doesn't have a reaction to it, I'm not sure I understand what all the fuss is about for those of us who don't react. Is it still bad for you?? Regardless, I almost never consume it. I'm a fairly clean eater, so I don't feel too bad about eating this dressing 1-2 times a year.

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3/6/13 10:08 P

Apparently you can buy a container of it MSG the spice aisle. I noticed tonight while stocking up at the 5 for $4 sale. Needless to say, I didn't buy it (I doubt it is a hot seller...out of curiosity I looked at the expiration date on it and it was only a few months away). I agree, finding broth without it is difficult. I usually make my own but don't eat enough whole chickens and beef parts with bones to keep up with my demand for broth, so I have to supplement. :-) Ive had better luck finding store brands without MSG than name brands.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
3/6/13 5:55 P

I try to avoid MSG as well. I usually get headaches and fatigue like I was hit with a load of bricks. It actually rev's my appetite as well--even if I've just eaten a huge meal. I get super thirsty too.

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3/6/13 5:53 P

I commend you all for reading the INGREDIENTS on labels. But it's scary how things are hidden via other names. I am retired now and can cook a lot of what we eat from scratch. So to make a pot of soup it's even been hard buying broth that's free of junk. So far I am OK with Kitchen Basics brands or any Publix broths or make my own.

I have sympathy for those of you working and raising a family and have less time.

Odd Note: an old cookbook from the 1960's lists MSG as an ingredient in some of the recipes.

MISSSVJS Posts: 524
3/6/13 4:36 P

Unfortunately MSG is "hidden" in lots of foods under different, innocent-sounding names, i.e., hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast , hydrolyzed yeast extract, soy extracts, protein isolate, "spices", "natural flavor" - just to name a few. It is nasty stuff to be sure!

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3/6/13 2:53 P

I guess the only way to know there isn't MSG in your food, is just stick with food that is natural.
This would mean no eating out in restaurants, since you cannot trust them to tell you the truth. How would that person not know that it was in their spices? Chinese food is based on MSG that is why it is so good. I haven't eaten in a restaurant in years. Now I have friends that want to go to lunch or dinner with me. Why is it that any time you get together it revolves around food?

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
3/6/13 12:45 P

I agree with the hydrogenated part. Many labels aren't calling it MSG anymore just as it is no longer called High Fructose Corn Syrup on labels anymore (or at least won't be in the future).
I do not do good with it at all. I luckily didn't get your symptoms, but I would get a terrible headache and some nausea. It was always after eating anything Chinese or Japanese or other asian dishes.
the one restaurant that I always went to said they stopped using it. I went there after that and still got sick. The owner showed me the ingredients and the spice mix was filled with MSG under a different name.

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3/6/13 11:37 A

Anything with hydrogenated in it. Dr. Andrew Weil says this ingredient is deadly to us. Now going to add MSG to my to look for in, ingredients. That really scared me. And this morning I am having leftovers, tired and a little apprehensive.

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3/6/13 11:25 A

Yikes! Never had any sort of reaction to MSG that I know of, but a family friend is HIGHLY, highly allergic to MSG. Like someone already said, your best bet is make your own homemade soup in a big batch and freeze in individual portions!

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 3/6/2013 (11:27)
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3/6/13 11:21 A

MSGs are in so many foods, spice mixes, etc. When I went to the grocery store and people were standing in the isle reading labels. Now I understand.

What do you look for in packaging labels that you do NOT want to eat?
For me MSG, soy, gluten, artificial sweetners, sugar.


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3/6/13 10:38 A

make a big pot of your own soup; freeze or refrigerate it in portion-sizes for just such emergencies

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3/6/13 9:54 A

Last evening, I had a run in with a food loaded with MSG, in all forms. In a cup of soup, you know the prepackaged type. Anyway sometimes I have to get a cheaper food to make it through paydays. Needless to say, I experienced a reaction from that cup of soup, that scared me to death. I started with heart palpitations, and my heart beating fast, a slight headache in my temples. I didn't realize what was going on and was almost on my way to a an ER, when I finally got it under control with a cup of chamomile tea, and trying to relax and stay calm. It scared me so bad, I was looking up all names of MSG that are in the ingredients on labels, holy cow, it was everywhere. In this particular soup, it had so many forms as well as it's original name it should have been called Cup of MSG! Any one else had this problem to the reaction from it? Back to eating clean as much as I can, but no more of these possibly deadly soups!

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