People like food, especially in this country, where unfortunately some people love it too much. Everyone likes to eat something different, exotic-sounding, foreign cheese, wines, caviars, but does anyone really want an amino acid? Monosodium Glutamate, commonly known as MSG, is a chemical addition found in many foods to ameliorate the taste. Have you ever thought about this, “I don’t eat much. I eat healthy. Why am I so fat?” So what makes MSG so bad? In 1969, Dr. John Olney discovered that MSG causes brain damage and obesity in mice.
Do you remember that it was in 1994, that executives representing seven different tobacco industry stood before the United States House Commerce Committee and swore that nicotine in cigarettes was not addictive? Could it be that we’re being told, once again, that a chemical, in our food this time, is non-addictive when there’s evidence showing otherwise? And could this be the key aspect causing massive obesity epidemic engulfing our nation today?
Animal studies dating from the early 1970s have shown that Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a derivative of glutamic acid, induces obesity along with an interminable list of unsavory ailments; however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that MSG is a safe ingredient for the general population. The FDA has not placed a limit on how much is allowed in food and claims that regardless of the amount added to foods, it is still “significantly” safe. In addition, the International Glumate Technical Society gathered a colossal amount of researches and medical schools to study the issue and concluded that MSG has zero to none effect on the human body. However, we must consider the fact that “International Glutamate Technical Society,” who advocates the usage of monosodium glutamate, conducts these researches. Research that shows the safety of MSG is always financed by the food industry itself.
So what exactly is Monosodium Glutamate? Well MSG is a sodium salt of the non-essential amino acid and was first introduced to the United States in 1947 as a flavor enhancer. It is mainly found in a white crystalline powder form. Monosodium glutamate may be found used by almost every fast food restaurant and food manufacturer in the consumer world. MSG or monosodium glutamate cannot always be found on the back of products because it has copious amounts of esoteric name, which makes it hard to comprehend by the majority. As a result, most of us are unaware that MSG is veiled in products when it’s listed on the label as sodium caseinate, Aginomoto, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extracts, or even natural meat tenderizer.
So if MSG is so bad for us, why not ban it? This is why, if the food and drug administration were to place a ban on MSG, the drug companies would lose billions. Think about how much money they’re making to treat asthma, migraine, headaches, depression, seizures, heart disease, and all the other “good” stuff that comes out of MSG. Oh and did I forget to mention cancer to? Acid hydrolyzed proteins contain Carcinogenic propanols.