What Is MSG

What Is MSG: Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Monosodium Glutamate & A Food Allergy.  

MSG goes by many different names. Those names you can find at the bottom of this page. So what is MSG, or Monosodium glutamate?

It's the salt of glutamic acid. So what's glumatic acid? It's an amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. MSG can be found in many foods you find in the grocery store and is used as a flavor enhancer that intensifies the savory flavor of food.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recognized MSG as safe but to me that's not necessarily a good recommendation. The FDA has routinely put products on the market and then removed them after several sicknesses and deaths from the product. My questions are, "Who is funding the research? Who is doing the research?" My red flags always go up when someone says a MSG product is safe. Who is making money on the product and do the people telling us it's safe benefit financially?

What Is MSG Allergies

In the most simple of terms, the causes of food allergies is an overreaction of the immune system when we come into contact with, or consume something. Our bodies recognize this allergen as a threat and overreacts.

This overreaction manifests itself as symptoms that can range from just a slight annoyance to life threatening. Our bodies go into survival, or protection mode, and start to produce histamine and antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE).

MSG Symptoms

Sometimes called MSG symptom complex can include but are not limited to:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hoarse voice
  • Facial tightness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Numbness in the body 
  • Rapid heartbeat 
  • Sweating
  • Weakness

I've read that "research" indicates there's no definitive evidence between consuming MSG and these symptoms. Once again, what's the research? Who did it and where? And who is funding said research? Some say that one would need to consume a tremendous amount of MSG to have any of the symptoms listed above.

All my son needs to do is eat 1/2 cashew and within 10 minutes his chest and back become modeled and look like a tape-and-textured ceiling. Once half of a cashew is NOT a tremendous amount to have such a substantial reaction. 

MSG In Food Is Hidden In Other Names

  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Gelatin
  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Hydrolyzed Protein
  • Monopotassium Glutamate
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Textured Protein
  • Yeast Extract, Food, Nutrient

Could Have MSG Foods

  • Bouillon
  • Carrageenan
  • Citric Acid
  • Corn Starch
  • Enzyme Modified
  • Flavors
  • Malt Extract, Flavoring, Malt
  • Maltodextrin
  • Natural Flavors
  • Natural Pork, Beef, Chicken Flavoring
  • Powdered Milk
  • Protein Fortified
  • Seasonings
  • Soy Protein (Isolate)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Stock/Broth
  • Ultra-Pasteurized

So what is MSG? I personally think it's an unnecessary additive. Why do we need flavor enhacers? Where did the orignal flavor go? Why was is taken out? Why are food companies desperate to NOT say MSG or Monosodium glutamate? Why all of the different names?

What are they trying to cover up? What are they keeping from us? And why? Live "Free MSG" and taste your food the way nature intended.

If you think you or your child is exhibiting the above allergy symptoms or food intolerance symptoms, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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