Its a flavor enhancer. Actually, its naturally occurring, but its when we add it that there are problems. That's what makes food taste good. That's why its in processed foods or things like hamburger helper. Goya seasonings first ingredient is MSG. So, if the place uses Goya seasonings, which is what makes chicken taste really good, they are putting MSG on it. That's what my friend used in her chicken and it made the chicken get a pink color from the other seasonings in the mixture. MSG is the first ingredient. I went along when my husband was doing some agricultural consulting in mountain villages in Mexico. One of the homes was fixing us breakfast of eggs and tortillas. I watched the mother put it on our eggs. Later, I had a migraine. Most Asian restaurants don't use it anymore since so many people ask that it not be put in food. But, every so often I run into it. The reason we associate it with Asian food is because it was first produced by an Asian company that also has recently come up with pink slime. If your mother ever used meat tenderizer, its MSG. Its also in Miracle Whip salad dressing as food starch modified and its in ranch salad dressing. Some of the names to look for include: food starch modified and texturized vegetable protein. I'm careful if I see natural flavors listed since MSG is a natural flavor.
I get migraines, too. I go to sleep and then can't wake up. I also have noticed that the migraines also include a strange sensation like I'm swelling up. For me drinking lots of water and tea helps flush it out of my system. I used to notice that after having a reaction, I would crave carbs and so eating a carb heavy meal afterwards seemed to help me.
All my life I would get headaches and feel terrible at every family holiday and family gathering. I never could figure out why until I learned about MSG. My husband and I found a little book about it. We made changes in our food and eating and I saw an improvement immediately.
Edited by: CINDILP at: 2/16/2013 (20:19)
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