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MSG - The Food You Eat

Monosodium Glutamate, a “natural” chemical poison


April 2006 | TheDogPress.com

Nel Liquorman Health Editor


Nel Liquorman - Author of "Keep Fleas Off!"Among its more subtle, long-term effects, MSG makes the body produce histamine, which results in what we think is an allergic reaction to food or pollen or some other commonly misidentified culprit.  Plainly, it is just another poison brought to us by the generosity of the chemical industry. How many dogs are treated for "flea allergies" when in fact, they are allergic to the chemicals in the food?  Don't bother changing.  And don't be fooled by the high-priced "all-natural" dog food or human foods!  MSG gets by the FDA and USDA because it is indeed "natural."


Check labels: Among the ingredients listed here, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, and gelatin always contain MSG.  Disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate are expensive additives which work synergistically with MSG, and have little or no flavor-enhancing capabilities of their own. The other ingredients often, if not always, contain MSG.  MSG is being sprayed right on fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, and vegetables as they grow -- even those used in baby food.


In the 1970s, reluctant food processors "voluntarily" took processed free glutamic acid (MSG) out of baby food. Today it's back, in fertilizers called "Omega Protein Refined/Hydrolyzed Fish Emulsion" and "Steam  Hydrolyzed Feather Meal," both of which contain hydrolyzed proteins; and in a product called AuxiGro WP Plant Metabolic Primer (AuxiGro) produced by Emerald BioAgriculture (formerly Auxein Corporation), which contains both hydrolyzed protein(s) and "monosodium glutamate."  AuxiGro is being sprayed on some of the vegetables we and our children will eat, into the air we and our children must breath, and onto the ground from which it can move into drinking water. Head lettuce, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, and peanuts were among the first crops targeted. On September 12, 2000, the Auxein Corporation Web site gave the following information:


Crops registered include: Celery; Fresh Market Cucumbers; Edible Navy and Pinto Beans; Grapes; Bulb Onions; Bell, Green and Jalapeno Peppers; Iceberg Head Lettuce; Romaine and Butter Leaf Lettuce; Peanuts; Potatoes; Snap Beans; Strawberries; Processing Tomatoes; Fresh Tomatoes; and Watermelons.


Today, there is no crop that we know of that has not been approved for treatment with MSG by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Do you feed your puppy or litter cottage cheese? Milk?  There is processed free glutamic acid (MSG) in many dairy products.  We strongly suspect that the presence of MSG in many dairy products has resulted in adverse reactions in many people, leading many of them to erroneously believe that they are lactose intolerant.  It is our strong belief that if the dairy industry would eliminate the use of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) from dairy products, reports of lactose intolerance would drop dramatically, and dairy sales would increase.


Any fermented product will contain some processed free glutamic acid because fermentation will break down protein. If citric acid is used in the yoghourt and the citric acid is made from corn (the most common source of citric acid), there will be some MSG introduced into the product because in manufacturing citric acid, a remnant of protein remains and that remnant is broken down during production.  If the yoghourt includes aspartame (about 40% aspartic acid), the product is contraindicated for MSG-sensitive people since aspartic acid, based on animal studies, works in the body in the same way as does glutamic acid.


Many MSG-sensitive people find that they suffer adverse reactions from domestic cheeses that use pasteurized milk in place of raw milk, and enzymes instead of rennet.  Apparently, the new, more powerful enzymes break down more of the milk protein than was the case in earlier years.


The most common problem for MSG-sensitive people in dairy products appears to be the use of a food ingredient identified on food labels as "carrageenan."  Carrageenan may interact with the milk protein in dairy products or may act independently, resulting in some processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Carrageenan is found in most whipping cream, chocolate milk, buttermilk, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and ice cream.


Information researched, compiled, and edited from sources such as Truth in Labeling Campaign http://www.truthinlabeling.org/


It is the tip of a big old "MSG-berg", that the main-stream media does little to report.  A long time ago (probably ten years or so) Connie Chung did a feature (tv) on MSG, then we near heard it mentioned again.  Wonder why that is?


If the Internet is the newspaper for this century, maybe we will all begin to get the info that we need to stay alive.




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