WHOA. I've been doing some research on MSG and my mind is officially blown.
I recently fell in love with a product called Complete Seasoning by Badia. It's tastes SO GOOD that I didn't care that MSG was listed on the label. As the old saying goes "You're gonna die from something!". I've already eliminated all the big bad wolves from my diet so why not just throw a little MSG in the pot?
Here's why not:
A. Until last week I thought MSG was something in a spice shaker at The Chinese Palace or The Jade Garden. I have always associated it with Chinese food OR salt seasonings. Little did I know that MSG masquerades under 25 different names as a food additive and is contained in almost everything in my pantry.
B. The government says that MSG is safe for human consumption. I don't need to go on here, do I? OK, I will. Just please google MSG studies and read for yourself. In addition to the headaches that so many people associate with the MSG in Chinese food, there are numerous symptoms associated with MSG. If anyone you know is suffering from a combination of symptoms that seem to baffle the doctors, you might want to start looking under the MSG rock for a proper diagnosis.
C. When scientists study obesity in lab rats, they have to fatten them artificially because rats are not naturally fat. How do they make the rats fat against their will? They inject them with MSG from birth. Fat rats are actually referred to as MSG Treated Rats. MSG in rats produces three times as much insulin via their pancreas. Increased insulin leads to obesity that has nearly nothing to do with what the rats eat. WOW. Do you think there could possibly be a relationship to our country's obesity epidemic and all of the MSG (by any name) that's in our food?
D. One scientist referred to MSG as "The nicotine of food additives". MSG is so popular by food manufacturers because WE LOVE IT. We get addicted to it. In the wikipedia definition of MSG, it states that MSG creates the "Umami" or sixth type of taste. Not only do we love saying UMAMI, we love eating it! Embarrassing but true, after I'd been using Complete Seasoning on damn near everything for a week, I started licking it out of my hand. I couldn't tell enough people how much I loved it. If I could've hired a skywriter - I would have. This is an easy addiction for someone who adores salty and savory foods.
Here is the list of ingredients that ALWAYS contain MSG. There are another 20 or so that ALMOST always contain MSG and a further list of additives that are suspected of containing MSG. You can print the full list here and take it to the grocery store with you.
I urge you to please print the whole list, go to your panty and start flippin' cans and packages. This is freaking me out! I found it in soups, sauces, dressings, seasonings, canned beans and my falafel mix. Granted, I don't have a HUGE pantry because it's just the two of us but... it's enough to be able to extrapolate the amount in a family sized pantry.
Avoiding MSG at Chinese restaurants is obviously a wise choice, but how much are you consuming without even knowing it?
Epilogue: I've broken up with Complete Seasoning and started a new relationship with a spicy seasoning called Slap Yo Mama! No offense mom... you know I love you!
Please also see my follow up post - MSGeeez2 - it's a quicky!
I am not a doctor or scientist. I write this blog only in the hopes that you will do your own research. I don't list reference sites because I'm lazy. Do your digging and come to your own conclusions - I am just the spark.