so what is it?

There is no sense going into the chemical name or reasoning for this product, but MSG stands for Monosodium glutamate. It was created in Japan in 1908 from seaweed. Now it is made from sugar beets or molasses. 

so what is it?

it is a flavour enhancer, it tricks the brain into thinking something is good. It is often used in Veggie dishes like Chinese food or dishes that are low in protein, so you think there is actually a lot, such as a tinned chicken noodle soup. oh, from that company with the red and white labels. (points fingers)  just make better soup and you don’t have to trick people.

is it harmful?

of course, for some it is quite bad.

Most products had to label the ingredients, so now you read the label and go.. oh good, no msg.. well don’t be fooled, they made a bunch more names for it, so it is there, but you don’t think so.

Beware! When these words appear on the label, the food product contains MSG: monopotassium glutamate, hydrolyzed plant protein, yeast extract, autolyzed plant protein, glutamic acid, sodium caseinate, autolyzed yeast, textured protein, gelatin, calcium caseinate. Even some so-called natural or healthy foods contain monosodium glutamate labeled as yeast extract.

Tricky isn’t it?

So what does it do that is bad?

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


It is also related to diabetes, obesity, dizziness.

MSG stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin.

but it is ok to eat in limited quantities they say, trouble is most don’t know when they are eating it.. as the labels are not honest.

oh and fast food uses it lots and lots.. oh and it is addicting.  funny how that works out.

“Studies have been somewhat inconclusive, though many in the scientific community believe that some neurological orders and behavioral issues may be caused by monosodium glutamate. Attention deficit disorder, anxiety attacks, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinson’s and even autism may be caused by or intensified by severe allergy or sensitivity to monosodium glutamate.”

but it is ok to eat.. nods. *rolls my eyes*

Now some are more sensitive to it, they will know instantly when they are eating something that contains it. Many will never know why they can’t stop eating that nasty bag of chips.

so start looking at the labels of what you are eating, but it does’t do much good when companies deliberately try to mislead you… why would they do that if msg was safe? Wouldn’t they proudly put contains MSG on the label in big letters?



About sensuousamberville

I am a Practitioner, teacher and student. I think we should always be students, we should keep our minds open, to continue to learn. :-) Now a mother of two little ones.

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  1. oh and of course this is just my opinion.. nods.. have to keep all the disclaimers in place.. in case the soup company is upset they make bad soup. or the chip company is upset that their chips are nasty…..

    and the fast food companies don’t like to let people know what they put in their food without telling you…

    nods, just an opinion.


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