Do you know what MSG stands for?
Do you know what it is?
Do you know that it is in 70% of peoples diet?
Are we aware of this?
My thoughts are… NOO!
MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate is a salt of the amino acid – Glutamic Acid (glutamate).
MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcited your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees.
Glutamate is just one of many amino acids used by the body and linked into the chains of protein in the body. However some amino acids are free to float around by themselves as well as being found linked into proteins because they serve vital functions – some are neurotransmitters which carry nerve cell impulses throughout the body. Amino acid neurotransmitters are like chemical messengers carrying news from nerve cell to nerve cell. Some amino acid neurotransmitters like glutamate trigger nerve cells to fire, others like taurine and gamma amino butyric acid tell those firing nerve cells to cease firing. It is a delicate balance, an important balance. Researchers are finding out just what happens when that balance tips, for example in patients who suffer a stroke, an excess of glutamate in the brain causes the nerve cells to die from overstimulation, glutamate blocking drugs are being used to prevent some of this damage.
MSG is in A LOT of the things that we eat:
- Chinese Food
- Fast Food Outlets
- Nestle Products
- Soup Mixes
- Potato Chips
- Canned Tuna
If you are very cautious with the ingredients of your food, below is the main ingredients you need to stay away from:
- Autolyzed Yeast
- Calcium Caseinate
- Glutamic Acid
- Hydrolyzed Protein
- Monopotasssium Glutamate
- Monosodium Glutamate
- Sodium Caseinate
- Textured Protein
- Yeast Extract
- Yeast Food
- Yeast Nutrient
It is getting harder & harder to avoid MSG regardless of where on planet Earth you live.
Its good to be aware, creating awareness for yourself with allow you to be alert with what you eat.
The main way that you will know whether or not your food has MSG in it is the more salty the food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG.
If you are looking at creating a MSG-free lifestyle, it’s good to steer near a plant based lifestyle, making sure that everything you purchase is fresh & organic – making sure that everything you buy is not packeted & either comes direct from the grown or a tree.
It’s easier said than done! (And, I know that!) But we all need to be aware what sort of life we are creating for ourselves if we continue to eat foods with MSG.
We are the only person in control of we put in our bodies, only we can make a change.
Each to their own, however if you are looking to crete a MSG-free lifestyle than the pointers that were mentioned in this post would be a great start for awareness.