I can't tolerate MSG and avoid it when I can read a label. It makes me dizzy and nauseous. Sometimes after I eat some foods I feel the same way and after reading an email about MSG – I think I know better what is going on. MSG or HVP [Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein / another name for MSG] is in a lot of food we eat at home or eat out – in both fast and slow food places and it is addictive!
What does MSG do? It makes food "taste better." This from the http://www.msgfacts.com website.
MSG has been touted as a health benefit – especially for older people as it causes them to eat more; although I would never equate eating more with getting better nutrition.
There have been studies showing that monosodium glutamate [MSG] is addictive and is related to obesity. It is like nicotine in that it is a known additive that creates an addiction – but that no one wants to admit to. It would mean taking on the food industry. [The MSG fact website says it is not true that MSG is related to obesity.]
Then today when reading posts on Facebook I saw a post from http://facebook.com/jane.e.johnson [thank you] indicating that MSG is in flu vaccines and here is the site she mentioned http://truthinlabeling.org. This site offers a long list of research related to MSG and its effects.
Rather than argue whose research is correct – I shall continue to avoid all food with MSG or HVP especially when I know what it does to me and my body and I keep read material like this.
Read the research and, as usual, be the intelligent consumer I know you are. Ask for the ingredient list and see if MSG or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein is listed in any of the foods on your plate.