Whole Foods and Your Health, Part 2: MSG

I’ve had an awful time breaking this down into small sections. I’ll keep posting every day or so until I’ve posted all of “Whole Foods and Your Health.”

The Biblical perspective dealt with the spiritual reasons for healthy eating; the physical perspective deals with the health reasons. I see eating healthy as a lifestyle change, not a “do-it-for-a-few-months-to-lose-weight.”

I. Biblical Aspect
II. Physical Perspective
       A. Additives
             1. MSG

The first things to learn about are additives. great accessory in my research has been a book titled “What’s in YOUR Food?” It’s by Bill Statham. It lists additives in alphabetical order, their side effects, and gives it a good/bad rating. You can get it for about $5 online. I highly recommend it if you want to eat whole foods.

In Part 2, “What are whole foods?” I talked about some additives in Nutrigrain Bars, a food that is generally accepted as “healthy” and advertises itself as such. But why are these ingredients not good for you? And is there evidence that they aren’t? By the time a child raised on the SAD (standard American diet) is 5, he will have consumed over seven pounds of food additives! If additives are harmful, this statement puts in a nutshell where the majority of American’s health problems originate.

I’m going to start with the one of the most argued about additives: MSG. MSG is short for monosodium glutamate. It is a flavor enhancer found in most processed foods today. It is created using processes that break down and change glutamate into free forms of glutamate. Free glutamates can enter the blood stream ten times faster than regular glutamate. A primary effect of MSG is triggering an insulin/adrenaline/fat storage/food craving response.  (Note: Westernized Asian foods are usually  made with MSG.)

Glutamate is something our bodies need; it is found in meats, vegetables, poultry, and milk. It helps our nervous system function properly. But when it is broken down and changed into MSG it is changed to a neurotoxin. A neurotoxin is a substance that destroys nerves or nervous tissue.

In animal studies, MSG has been linked with brain lesions, retinal degeneration, and obesity. Obesity makes sense; MSG makes you hungry, you eat more food containing MSG, you’re hungry again… it’s a vicious cycle. In fact, test animals are injected with MSG to cause obesity so that scientists can study diabetes. So it sounds like diabetes is linked to it, too, doesn’t it? Americans are consuming an estimated 160 million pounds of MSG annually. Is there any wonder we are one of the most obese countries in the world?

MSG’s side effects include: bronchospasm, irritability, heart palpitation, nausea, abdominal discomfort, fibromyalgia, blurred vision, asthma, vertigo, headache, depression, migraine, and sight impairment. Caution is advised if aspirin sensitive. Makes you want to go out and buy some Chinese food right now, doesn’t it?
The following list is from Excitotoxins – The Taste that Kills, by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, MD. Dr. Blaylock also has a list of supplements to prevent, reduce, or improve the damage done by MSG. You can find this list at http://insuranceandwellness.com/Excitotoxins.pdf
Ingredients that always contain MSG:
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extracts
textured Protein
Autolyzed Yeast
hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Corn Oil
 Ingredients that frequently contain MSG
Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Bouillon
Broth/Stock
Flavoring
Natural Flavors
Seasoning
Spices
Ingredients that may contain MSG
Carrageenan
Enzymes
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
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