Are you eating Neurotoxins? Probably.

Are you eating Neurotoxins?  Probably.

Sad fact, 80% of the food at the grocery store contains MSG… Mono Sodium Glutamate.

Sad Reality, MSG is a neurotoxin and it inhibits your brains natural response to signal when you have eaten enough.  Think of that bag of Doritos.  You take the first chip, and before you have even swallowed it down.. your hand is back in the bag for the next mouthful.

The economics of the Flavor Enhancer

MSG has become a competitive advantages for food manufacturers, it is simply a flavor enhancer and guess what?  The better your brain can be tricked into thinking food tastes great… well the more you eat and hence the more you BUY!

In the most simplest form, MSG will make you fat!  Makes sense though, right.  If you brain can no longer signal you effectively to stop eating those Doritos, weight gain is the natural result.

Fat Mice?fat mice neurotoxins

When scientists do studies involving obesity they look to mice to run their experiments and trials on.  One problem though, mice don’t get fat.  Mice eat what they need to eat and no more.  To solve this problem the mice are fed MSG.  Because of how MSG effects the brain the normal eating behavior is overridden and low and behold we have successfully created fat mice.

Clean Label Names

As that wasn’t bad enough, food manufacturer’s are also catching on that consumers like you and I are learning about the true implications of consuming MSG and they are making changes.  Sadly, it isn’t to remove the MSG.  Because of the stigma of MSG, many food companies have created a “clean label name” for MSG.  This way they can put MSG in their product, but not actually say the product contains MSG.  One I see most frequently is Yeast Extract.  If you see this on the label, it is still MSG.  Sun Chips for awhile actually had a emblem on the front of their package that said NO MSG, but actually contained Yeast Extract.  Do some research on clean label names for MSG… it is disheartening to see the level of misleading information.  Here’s a table from Dr. Mercola’s website of ingredients to avoid:

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


“With publication of Dr. George Schwartz’ book, “In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome”, and growing awareness that MSG was causing adverse reactions, industry developed  a line of flavor enhancing products that contained processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid (MSG) with flavor enhancing capabilities, and names that gave no clue to the presence of MSG.  Indeed, as industry considered that consumers might be considering the fact that monosodium glutamate might be potentially toxic, the production of products with “Clean labels” escalated.  As defined by the food industry in industry publications, “clean labels” would be those used on MSG-containing products without giving consumers a clue to the fact that the products contained MSG.”

“Use of MSG in food has grown in the last 30 years and is still growing.  MSG is found in most soups, salad dressings, processed meats, frozen entrees, ice cream, and frozen yogurt, in some crackers, bread, canned tuna, and very often in “low fat” and “no fat” foods to make up for flavor lost when fat is reduced or eliminated.  It can be found in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and dietary supplements.  It is found in enteral feeding products and in infant formula.  It is found in vaccines — including vaccines used on children.  It is found in hospitals where it is hidden in the jello, chicken soup, and some I V solutions given to very sick patients.  Its use is without restriction.”


Side Effects

  • Obesity
  • Eye damage
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and disorientation
  • Depression
  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness

Shop Fresh

The products that will most likely have MSG are mainly salty.  So think chips, crackers, soups, stocks, beans, frozen meals – so basically anything processed and seasoned.  I love BBQ chips, but I have yet to find a brand that does not contain MSG. :(  The easiest way to avoid MSG is to shop the outside of the grocery store and stop buying/eating unprocessed food.  You can rest assured that many things you eat a restaurant will contain MSG, especially soups.

Protect your health and your brain and say NO to neurotoxins!

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