The Silent Sick-o Killer Haunting Your Cupboards: MSG

August 17, 2013
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LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.Let’s talk about the scariest abbreviation ever: MSG.

So WTF does MSG stand for?

Welp, MSG is “a flavor enhancer that’s known widely as an addition to Chinese food, but that’s actually added to thousands of the foods you and your family regularly eat, especially if you are like most Americans and eat the majority of your food as processed foods or in restaurants.”

Reactions to foods containing MSG — known as ‘MSG symptom complex’ — include:Headache

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck & other areas
  • Rapid, fluttering heartbeats
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

After freaking out, I decided to ask my friend, Fredie ( who’s a certified nutritionist ); he provided this chart that clearly shows the sickie, hidden names for MSG. So I made my own visual, but pretty ( ya know, Skinny Confidential style- in cute colors, naturally ), to hang on the fridge.

The first graph ( in pink ) are substances that always contain factory created free glutamate, which is the harmful form found in MSG.

The second graph ( in teal ) are stubstances that often contain some factory created free glutamate in varying amounts. Note: some food labels list several of these items, which can add up to a considerable and dangerous amount in one product:

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

The next graph ( in grey ) shows ingreds suspected of containing enough processed glutamate to cause reactions in sensitive individuals:
Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

If you want to read more about MSG, click here.

I know it’s kinda confusing, but if you use these charts to inspect your foods at home…you’ll be absolutely F-ing shocked. After going through my cupboards/fridge, I was disgusted at how many products contained MSG ( or MSG’s hidden names ).

Ignorance is NOT bliss!! Educate yourself on nasty-ass MSG!!

Mmkay! MSG 101 is over! Now go have a fab, insane, extra relaxing weekend ; ). xx.L

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    1. Liz

      MSG, while certainly not a health food, is only dangerous to people who are sensitive. It’s literally found in almost every kitchen in SE Asia. It doesn’t worry me anywhere near the amount that pesticides and MGOs worry me.

    1. Lauryn

      It’s known to cause the following:

      Headache
      Flushing
      Sweating
      Facial pressure or tightness
      Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
      Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
      Chest pain
      Nausea
      Weakness

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    2. Olivia

      MSG is an excitotoxin… meaning it overexcites your brain cells to the point that they die. This can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage in addition to the symptoms Lauryn talks about… pretty scary stuff, especially because it is not regulated so there’s no saying how much you can be exposed to if you don’t watch for it.

    3. Olivia

      Another scary thing is that it can cross the placental barrier, meaning it can also harm the brain of unborn children

  1. Anca

    Check out the article ‘The bad seed’ in ELLE -August issue……shocking!!!!
    Pretty pink chart, though!

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  2. Abby

    Ooh thanks for the charts! I’m trying to eat healthier and more natural foods so this was a huge help! Thanks!!

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    1. Paula (@saints09chick)

      I personally use either arrowroot powder or potato starch. I have to avoid as much corn products as I can due to a child with a moderate corn allergy. Both arrowroot powder and potato starch have been working well for us as a corn starch substitute
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  3. Gillian

    The MSG-danger has been counter-proved is what I heard. Long time ago people thought it was bad, but that’s not the full truth anymore. Not sure I will believe the other stuff you say either after this.

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    1. Olivia

      every controlled study that has found MSG to be safe has been funded by the International Glutamate Technical Committee (the nonprofit organization founded by the glutamate industry itself, i.e. the people who profit from MSG) or their supporters. Seems questionable to me. At the end of the day, it isn’t about ‘believing’ what Lauryn says or not, it’s about doing your own research and deciding what’s best for your life and your health.

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