Sunday, June 29, 2008

Beware of MSG!

My sister-in-law sent this information to me a couple of weeks ago and I thought I'd pass it onto you. I wasn't aware of the dangers of MSG and how many food items it is found in.

The food additive MSG (Mono-Sodium Glutamate) is a slow poison. MSG Hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavoring.' MSG is even inYour favorite coffee from Tim Horton's and Starbucks coffee shops! I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, and so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a researchAssistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario , Canada , and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The SlowPoisoning of America. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating Obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born.The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for theFat rodents they create: 'MSG-Treated Rats.'

When I heard this, I was shocked. I went into my kitchen and checked The cupboards and the refrigerator. MSG was in everything -- the Campbell 's Soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen Prepared meals, and Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low-fat' ones. The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had Something called 'Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,' which is just another Name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our Children everyday are filled with this stuff. MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who read the ingredient list, so that they don't catch on.
(Other names for MSG are 'Accent, 'Aginomoto,' 'Natural Meat Tenderizer,' etc.)

But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants What menu items contained MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough, MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, every restaurant -- even The sit-down eateries like TGIF, Chili's, Applebee's, and Denny's -- use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing. and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin -- their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative, Or a vitamin? Not according to my friend John Erb. In his book The Slow Poisoning Of America, he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby Group supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? 'Betcha can't eat [just] one,' takes on a whole new meaning where MSG Is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight!

MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added. Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive Substance. Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, Soups, snacks, and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. But how can they claim it's safe When there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these:

'The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of Exercise in obesity.' Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. ResCommun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

'Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin Release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats.' GuimaraesRB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro. Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in Spontaneously hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors.'Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima. Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

'Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in Suckling period and subsequent development of obesity.' Tanaka K,Shimada M, Nakao K Kusunoki. Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct. No, the date of that last study was not a typo; it was published in 1978.

Both the 'medical research community' and 'food manufacturers' have known about the side effects of MSG for decades. Many more of the studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes, migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer's. So what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see? Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of The highest government health officials in Canada While he was sitting in the government office, the official told him, 'Sure, I know how bad MSG is. I wouldn't touch the stuff.' But this Top-level government official refuses to tell the public what he knows. The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying The price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused By an addictive food additive.

If you want to see for yourself. Go To the National Library of Medicine at Type in theWords 'MSG Obese' and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.
I don't know about you, but I'm checking my labels from now on!


  1. There is no MSG in Tim Hortons Coffee. I strongly recomend that you research your facts befor blindly posting on the net.There's a reason why reporters are supposed to have 3 independant sources befor reporting somethng as fact.

  2. Well Marylu, you already have one of those "infamous" anonymous messages you talked about. What a coward...can't even leave thier name.

  3. Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your correction. Whew! Am I glad this is not a news website or I'd be in trouble. Thing is, this is a personal opinion blog of an author (That's me!) not a news website. I try and post things of interest to my readers, and I encourage everyone to check out the facts on any of my posts for themselves. This was an article sent to me by a family member which I clearly state in the beginning. I did not write the article myself. I merely wanted to warn my readers about the dangers of MSG. But I deeply appreciate your information on Tim Horton's Coffee.
    God Bless... MaryLu

  4. Pretty scary stuff. Chinese food, especially sold in restaurants, is notorious for adding MSG in their food. They may say on the menu they do not add it, but I can always tell. About an hour later I have a strong thirst. MSG has been known to cause migraines as well.

    It is unfortunate that the FDA does not ban this additive.