MSG, also known as Monosodium Glutamate, is a cheap food additive used to “enhance” flavors. MSG is often known for the reactions it causes. Some of these reactions include headaches, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, excessive sweating, rashes, numbness, ringing ears and lethargy. Today it is common for people to ask for Chinese food without MSG, but there are several hidden sources of MSG that you should know about.
Despite the fact that MSG causes so many reactions, it is rendered safe and “natural” by the FDA. Thanks to the “Truth in Labeling Campaign”, here is a list of items to also avoid if you react to or want to avoid MSG.
Anything with the word “Glutamate” in it, such as Monopotassium glutamate, and Glutamic acid has MSG in it. When you see “Yeast” products on the label they will contain MSG, such as yeast extract, yeast food, autolyzed yeast and yeast nutrient. A few other substances are gelatin, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, textured protein and hydrolyzed protein. It can also be found in shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, supplements and medications. Reactions may occur up to 48 hours after exposure.
If any of the above symptoms occur for you or your children, eliminate these ingredients and see if the symptoms decrease.