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I’m going to do this backwards and START by giving you the solution as I see it — and I’ll put it very simply and unadorned:

If you are very sensitive to MSG

  • cook from scratch as much as possible,
  • and use fresh organic products!

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Hidden Sources of MSG

For those with sensitivities to MSG, Glutamate Manufacturers and processed food industries seem sometimes to be on a quest to disguise MSG which has been added to foods.  A label which says “No MSG added” or an ingredient list void of apparent MSG doesn’t necessarily mean that the food is free of MSG, it may simply mean that the manufacturer didn’t put in additional MSG or is listing it under more disguised aliases. Also Beware – “Organic” does NOT mean “No MSG”.

This is a partial list of the more common names for disguised MSG.

(Note: In addition to watching out for hidden sources of MSG, FDA rules presently require no labeling when powerful excitotoxins aspartate and L-cysteine are added to foods. Many who react to one, also react to the other.)

Additives That Always Contain MSG:

  • Ajinomoto (Japan)
  • Any “Hydrolyzed … Protein”
  • Anything “Hydrolyzed”
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Calcium Glutamate
  • Corn Oil
  • Gelatin
  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
  • Hydrolyzed Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
  • Magnesium Glutamate
  • Monoammonium Glutamate
  • Monopotassium Glutamate
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Natriumglutaminat (Germany)
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Other Seasonings
  • Phong Churot (Thailand)
  • Plant Protein Extract
  • Senomyx (wheat extract may be labeled as “artificial flavor”)
  • Smoke Flavoring
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Textured Protein (Including TVP)
  • Unami
  • Vetsin (Philipines)
  • Wie Jing (China)
  • Yeast Extract
  • Yeast Food
  • Yeast Nutrient

European Numbers for Glutamate Containing Additives:

  • 620
  • 621
  • 622
  • 623
  • 624
  • 625
  • 627
  • 631
  • 635

Additives that frequently contain MSG, excitoxins, or that may create MSG during processing:

  • “Enzymes” Anything
  • “Enzymes” Anything
  • Anything “Enzyme Modified”
  • Anything “Fermented”
  • Anything “Protein Fortified”
  • Barley Malt
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Carrageenan
  • Citric Acid
  • Enzyme Modified Proteins
  • Enzymes
  • Flavoring(S)
  • Flavors(S)
  • Natural Beef, Chicken, Or Pork Flavoring
  • Natural Flavor(S)
  • Natural Flavoring(S)
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Protease Enzymes (Note: Protease Enzymes Of Various Sources Can Release Excitotoxin Amino Acids From Food Proteins.)
  • Seasoning
  • Soy Protein
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Soy Sauce
  • Soy Sauce Extract
  • Spices
  • Stock
  • Stock Flavorings
  • The Word “Seasonings”
  • Ultra-Pasteurized
  • Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Whey Protein Isolate

Substances that may contain factory created free glutamate in varying amounts:

(Note:  several of these items in the same product can add up to a considerable amount in one product.)

  • “Low Fat” Items
  • “No Fat” Items
  • Algae Powder
  • Amino Acids
  • Annatto
  • Anything “Enriched” Or “Vitamin Enriched”
  • Barley Grass Powder
  • Barley Malt
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Caramel Flavoring (Coloring)
  • Citric Acid (When Processed From Corn)
  • Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Cornstarch Fructose (Made From Corn)
  • Dextrates
  • Dextrose
  • Dough Conditioners
  • Dry Milk Solids
  • Fermented Proteins
  • Flowing Agents
  • Gluten And Gluten Flour
  • Gums (Guar And Vegetable)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Lecithin
  • Lipolyzed Butter Fat
  • Malt Extract
  • Malt Flavoring
  • Malted Barley Flavor
  • Maltodextrin
  • Milk Powder
  • Modified Food Starch
  • Phytoplankton Powder
  • Protein Fortified Milk
  • Protein Powders: Whey, Soy, Oat, Rice (May Be Found In Protein Bars, Shakes, And Body Building Drinks)
  • Reaction Flavors
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sea Vegetable Powder
  • Spice
  • Wheat Grass Powder
  • Wheat, Rice, Corn, Or Oat Protein
  • Yeast Nutrients

Ingredients that work synergistically with MSG to enhance flavor.
(Note: Their presence for flavoring purposes usually indicates the presence of MSG.):

  • Disodium 5’- Guanylate
  • Disodium 5’- Inosinate
  • Disodium 5′- Ribonucleotides

Additional Notes:

  • MSG reactions have been reported to soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics, where MSG may be hidden in ingredients that include the words “hydrolyzed,” “amino acids,” and “protein.”
  • “Low Fat” and “No Fat” milk products often include milk solids which may contain MSG.
  • Drinks, candies, and chewing gums might be potential sources of hidden MSG and of aspartame and neotame. Aspartic acid, found in neotame and aspartame (NutraSweet), often causes MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people. Look for Aspartame in some medications, including children’s medications. Neotame is relatively new and not yet used widely. Check with a pharmacist.
  • Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements (prescription as well as non-prescription), enteral feeding materials, and some intravenous fluids intravenously may also contain MSG.  MSG might be present in gelatin-encapsulated vitamins or supplements.  Check with a pharmacist.
  • According to vaccine manufacturers, some vaccines contain L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin (both substances contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)). In addition, apparently most live virus vaccines contain MSG.
  • Cigarette manufacturers use ammonia which converts to glutamate in the brain.

Please remember that this information is provided for educational purposes only.  Contact your medical practitioner for medical advice.

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