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Eating Healthy Nutritious Food Asks: What's So Bad About MSG?

Posted Jan 11 2009 2:48pm

I must admit that even though I knew for years that I should be eating healthy nutritious food , there seemed to be something inside still driving me towards the foods that I knew were ultimately detrimental to my health.

I used to wonder "Why is that? I KNOW it's not a good choice I am making, but I don't care. I WANT IT !!"And I would, of course, choose the "bad" stuff. I guess that proves that knowing what to do, and doing it are two different things...and just knowing the information isn't enough to keep us from those old, familiar food items that we still pant after and long for.

So what is that DRIVE that sends us back to the proverbial pit of poor food choices?

I honestly think our tastebuds have to be re-trained (for lack of a better word).And, there are certain ingredients that manufacturers intentionally place in foods to keep you coming back for more.

One of those is MSG.
I remember hearing about this ingredient as a teenager. We thought the Chinese restaurants were the only ones using it. I figured, "well, I don't eat a whole heap of Chinese so I guess eating it once in a while won't kill me!"
I guess that might be true if Chinese foods were the only place you could find MSG.

But I want to urge us all to look at the truth about this ingredient that we call a "flavor enhancer". As the FDA continues to vouch for its safety, scientists have known that MSG causes obesity since the 1960s! MSG makes you want excessively more of whatever it's put in or on.

MSG is an

, which means that it overexcites your cells to the point of damage, acting as a poison and creating apparent "explosions" in the cells of the brain. The cells are damaged quickly upon consumption of MSG...not slowly over a long period of time. MSG has been linked to Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Lou Gherig's Disease.

The second part of the equation is that MSG can be literally hidden in food labels, under names like broth, casein, hydrolyzed, autolyzed, and more, making it extremely difficult to identify.

It is clearly not worth a few bites of tasty junk food to give your body the green light to produce visceral fat, the most dangerous type that surrounds your organs and increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, insomnia, type 2 diabetes, and more.

Yet, that is exactly what we're doing when we eat foods that contain MSG. Eliminating MSG from your diet is a wise choice for everyone, including pregnant women. An easy step to eliminating MSG is to stick to

And, if you do eat
processed foods , be on the lookout for the many hidden names for MSG on food labels . They include (but are far from limited to)
GelatinHydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Yeast Extract
Malted Barley
Rice Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup

** see for more detailed information on MSG and a video featuring a neurosugeon that exposes this deadly chemical for what it is**It's hard for our minds to grasp that the "foods" that we thoughtlessly consume are laden with toxic chemicals.

Get out there and start reading those labels. Some of that stuff reads like rocket fuel or something! Time and time again you'll return to the realization that nutritious eating means REAL FOOD in it's natural state.

It's simple nutrition and it's not supposed to be hard.

Ask yourself..."Is my body meant to use this unidentified chemical as fuel?"

Time to re-train our tastebuds, our minds, and our bodies!

Does this mean you or I should become paranoid about each bite we consume? Absolutely not! Just be aware and make the healthiest choice you can when you can.

Merry K.
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