Truth In Labeling, Apr. 20, 2011
Everyone knows that some people have reactions after eating the food ingredient monosodium glutamate — reactions that include migraine headaches, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or mood swings.
What many don’t know, is that more than 40 different ingredients contain the chemical in monosodium glutamate — the processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid — that causes these reactions. These ingredients have names like maltodextrin, gelatin, citric acid, and sodium caseinate, that don’t give the consumer a clue to the presence of MSG.
The following lists of common ingredients that contain processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid are your starting point for coping with MSG. The lists have been compiled over the past 20 years from consumers’ reports of adverse reactions and information provided by physicians, manufacturers, and food technologists.