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4/6/13 5:48 P

Hi! So much new info out there about MSG- have you noticed? Why are we not hearing about it on Yahoo news the way other info is out there? I know that MSG free living has been the cornerstone of my transformation.

1/14/13 12:19 P

I avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners. Natural Flavoring is also often (but not always) MSG,

This is strictly anecdotal, of course, but we've had the following in my family:

My mom developed a very severe MSG allergy. As in, she'd get more than the barest trace and her lungs would congest and she'd cough like she had bronchitis for hours. NOT good on somebody who was already respiratory compromised. I started more seriously avoiding it when I noticed my throat would start phlegming up after I ate something that had significant quantities of it. I didn't want her allergy!

Aspartame (nutrasweet) gives me an almost immediate migraine, and Splenda/Sucralose upsets my stomach and I am hypersensitive to the taste. I'd rather the extra calories than the symptoms. I avoid all artificial sweeteners. My husband cut diet drinks and the chest pains he had stopped. It was freaky.

Avoiding them is just a matter of reading ingredients.

AUDREYUK Posts: 631
1/14/13 4:28 A

It took me years to realize that I felt sick after eating MSG. It makes me feel bloated and makes my stomach ache in a way that nothing else does. I wasn't one of those who really feared it until I finally figured out it was the common ingredient the times I started feeling bad.

1/13/13 10:06 P

Thank you, Dietician Becky, for the information! emoticon It is difficult to find objective reporting.

BRITOMART Posts: 8,154
1/7/13 7:33 A

Fair enough! thank you for the information on the organization. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

My question about updating was prompted more about increased testing abilities, more sensitive measurement options than anything else. Technology always becomes more refined, so that elements unmeasurable 10 years ago can now be assessed. Since the anecdotal evidence about msg sensitivity continues to be amassed, (along the lines of people complaining about 'sick buildings' decades before it became possible to measure the inside-air pollution) I rather expected those newer techniques to be applied to msg by now. Guess not.

Edited by: BRITOMART at: 1/7/2013 (07:37)
1/6/13 6:59 P

The information about the organization is easily available, here is the link to help:

Once a food ingredient (through research) is shown to be safe---research does not usually continue (unless a new development occurs). You don't see much "new" research regarding the safety of things like aspartame, MSG, sugar, etc.

Dietitian Becky

BRITOMART Posts: 8,154
1/6/13 4:01 P

I'd like the names of the authors & the publication date on the article; all the sources seem to be from 2000 or earlier--some from 1978. My guess is that, although it may be accurate(?) it could also be very dated, and I'm sure there are better studies out there...hope so, anyway. I'm also cynical enough to wonder who funded the material...what IS the International Food Information Council? to me, it sounds like something supported by the food producing industry, perhaps not the most objective source for this sort of information. Not trying to minimize the article, but I've become wary of special interest groups providing bias in disguise.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,332
1/6/13 3:34 P

"Regularly consuming excitotoxins like MSG destroys significant numbers of brain cells"

Well, THAT idea was shot down thoroughly in Becky's reference.

1/6/13 3:17 P

I can tell from your post, that you are looking to read more on this topic and really find out what the research reports on this topic for yourself and your family. I encourage you to check out the info in this pdf link which uses scientific reserach and evidence to reveal the facts and myths about MSG.

Let me know if you have more questions on the topic.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 1/6/2013 (15:21)
MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/6/13 11:54 A

I try and avoid MSG in all forms.

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1/6/13 9:45 A

This is why I avoid processed foods. A lot of people think that just because something is "diet," "fat free" or "sugar free" and has fewer calories, it's automatically healthier than regular. Not always the case!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,252
1/6/13 5:05 A

MSG is a sodium salt and may even cause overeating...there was a reseach study done in Cina which concluded that those who consumed MSG were 3 times more likely to be overweight. It can trigger headaches and be the host of other adverse reactions. An adult requires only 500MG of sodium per day.

It is still salt and can raise blood pressure which harms the heart, create a stroke or kidney disease...Flavoring your food with lemon, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and other herbs instead of salt and you will reduce the sodium.

There are better choices than diet soda like Ocean Spray diet Cranberry Juice with only 2 sugars....homemade Iced tea...Skim milk...make homemade soups and watch the sodium in cereals too if your concerned you and the children are getting too much sodium.

The best salad dressing is Vinegar and oil because some vinegar in your diet may improve your blood sugar and studies now indicate that extra virgin olive oil may help to lower blood pressure, and shown to reduce the incidence of colon., breast and skin cancers. or just a squeeze of lemon....

How are your familys cholesterol levels? Have the children been checked...many American children are suffering from high cholesterol.

Remember soda can unclog a drain!!!!

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/6/2013 (05:10)
1/6/13 1:58 A

A friend of mine recently posted the following on Facebook, and I'm looking for someone to help me know if this is correct information. If so, how much MSG is too much? I'm especially thinking of my children. I like to use fat free dressings, low fat yogurt, and diet soda. Is moderation still key? I would appreciate any insight you can give me on this matter. Here's the posting:

MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor-enhancer in processed foods (one of the most common food additives).

WHY IT’S BAD: It’s an known excitotoxin, which is a neurotoxic chemical additive shown to harm nerve cells— overexciting them, sometimes to the point of cell death. Regularly consuming excitotoxins like MSG destroys significant numbers of brain cells and can lead to serious health problems, including neurological disorders. (The two other common excitotoxins used in food are aspartic acid (found in aspartame) and l-cysteine, which is used as a dough conditioner.) In addition, regular consumption of MSG has been shown to stimulate the appetite and contribute to weight gain and obesity.

AKA: MSG goes by several aliases, such as Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Vegetable Protein Extract, Yeast Extract, Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Caseinate, Textured Protein, Soy Protein Isolates, Barley Malt, Calcium Caseinate and Malt Extract.

IT’S FOUND IN: Processed foods like salad dressings, low-fat yogurt, canned meats, frozen entrees, potato chips, canned soups

I look forward to hearing from a SparkPeople dietician!
Slimmer Sigler

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