LSD for neurons

 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.”

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5 thoughts on “LSD for neurons

  1. Thanks Gwen! I didn’t know its other name! Shoo wee. Keep a list somewhere on here about what chemical names to avoid! Then I can just bop on here and look.

  2. Actually, MSG is just one of many salt forms of glutamic acid, which is a naturally occurring amino acid. MSG occurs naturally in certain food products just like other salt forms of glutamic acid and glutamic acid itself occur naturally. However, because of the enhanced flavoring of these compounds, scientists have learned to isolate the compounds so that more of them can be added to processed foods for increased flavor. “Hydrolyzed vegetable protein” is not another name for MSG. It is actually a separate group of ingredients. Howver, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins are a source for either free glutamic acid and/or one of its several salt forms—which can deliver the same net effect to the body as ingesting actual MSG.

    The FDA does not allow companies that use hydrolyzed vegetable proteins to label their products as “MSG Free” or “No Added MSG” since people who are sensitive to increased glutamic acid will experience the same effect as if they had eaten actual MSG. However, those products do not technically contain MSG.

    Just a clarification from the chemist…. 🙂

  3. I removed the sentence, “It’s most common alias is ‘hydrolyzed vegetable protein,’ from the post.'”You’re right, Jennifer, even though it walks like MSG and talks like MSG, it is not technically MSG. I plan on another post that will give the names of other “sinister friends” of MSG that are unfortunately in other foods. Thank you for helping me be as accurate as possible!

  4. Hardee’s must put tons of it in their breakfast food (yeah, I know I shouldn’t eat it anyway). Uh, oh! If Dr. Haase reads this I’ll be in big trouble!!

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