When I first discovered the dirty little secret about MSG (monosodium glutamate), I was furious. Why was it in stuff I loved? Why did the mysterious “someone” who put it in foods have it out for me?
So what is the secret? It is something that makes stuff taste FANTASTIC. Actually, it is something that makes us THINK the food we are eating tastes awesome. MSG contains excitotoxins. It is like LSD for neurons. “FLAVOR! FLAVOR! FLAVOR!” Our little cells say over and over until…….. the neuron dies. Not just ones on your tongue, but also in your brain. If you remember Biology 101, we are born with a certain number and that’s that. The even more sinister aspect is that it is addictive. Food companies are out for profit.
So what’s it in? Doritos, Campbell’s soups (except Healthy Request), ramen soup, Kraft salad dressings, Lay’s chips, and Taco Bell to name a few. The cumulative effects? The jury is still out, but some scientists link it to strokes, obesity, ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.
Well, try not to be depressed, but be empowered by this information. My motto is “little changes make big differences.”