Monosodium Glutamate (MSG):
MSG is a flavor enhancer that is added to a variety of foods such as canned vegetables, soups, processed meat, chips and Chinese food. The Food and Drug Administration has classified MSG as a safe ingredient, but the research is still controversial. The biggest problem with MSG is that it’s addictive! MSG was first incorporated in the food given to soldiers during WWII. Since the soldier’s MRE’s are so bland, the chemical was added to increase flavor and to help stimulate appetite. Russell Blaylock, M.D., and board-certified neurosurgeon and author notes, “In addition to making us want to eat more, MSG actively excites the part of our brains in charge of our fat program, which makes us hold on to fat.” (Page 22, Hungry for Change) In the late 1950’s the research on MSG proved to be highly addictive, but the economic advantage was too great to ban the product. According to Ray Sahelian, M.D., “In 2009 a total worldwide production of MSG was cleared and now there is an estimated 2 million tons made every year.”(http://www.raysahelian.com) Have you ever stopped to think why it’s so hard to put the bag of chips down? Well, now you know!
Final Note: MSG can also be labeled with five different titles. Contact Courtney for nutrition guidance!