Monosodium Glutamate. Is it bad for you?

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging


October 20  

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  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  [thank you]  indicating that MSG is in flu vaccines and here is the site she mentioned  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.

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.