MSG linked to weight gain

Reuters, May 27, 2011

Researchers found that people who eat more MSG are more likely to be overweight or obese. And the increased risk wasn’t simply because people were stuffing themselves with MSG-rich foods. The link between high MSG intake and being overweight held even after accounting for the total number of calories people ate.

Ka He, a nutrition expert at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who led the study, said that although the risk of weight gain attributable to MSG was modest, the implications for public health are substantial. “Everybody eats it,” He told Reuters Health.

MSG is one of the world’s most widely used food additives. Although it tends to be more popular in Asian countries, Americans manage to get their share in processed foods, from chips to canned soups, even when it’s not labeled as such.

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Names and addresses of ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)

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.
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Dr. Blaylock: First Lady’s Plan Ignores Real Obesity Issues

KiowaCountySignal.com, Feb. 20, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which attempts to reduce childhood obesity by encouraging kids, parents, schools, communities, and pediatricians to focus on healthier eating and exercise, diverts attention from the real cause of the U.S. obesity epidemic, says Dr. Russell Blaylock.

While a high-sugar, high-fat diet, and a lack of physical exercise contribute to the problem, the three main causes of widespread obesity are: consumption of massive amounts of excitotoxic food additives, such as MSG; low vitamin D3 levels; and the over-vaccination of children, says Blaylock, editor of The Blaylock Wellness Report.

“This is the major problem, but it’s being completely ignored despite extensive research in the area,” he says. “While [Michelle Obama’s] goals are laudable, one must be careful that this is not just another massive spending program that will eventually be taken over by major food-based corporations and pharmaceutical companies, as we have seen in other areas of such ‘governmental-private partnerships.’

“As soon as we accept [it], we will see mandatory vaccinations of every description, drugs being added to our water supply, and children forced to take dangerous psychotropic drugs and statins. I believe we should reject creating another massive federal agency and risk losing control of our own children.”

Studies show that when fed to newborn animals, excitotoxic food additives like monosodium glutamate and soy extract, cause obesity by damaging the hypothalamus, an area of the brain that regulates weight, and the pancreas, which regulates blood-sugar levels, he says.
Studies show that low levels of vitamin D3 are correlated to weight regain, he says. And extensive research has shown that too many vaccinations results in immune over-stimulation in the pancreas, causing diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, a series of risk factors such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and high cholesterol. “Contributing to this is thdie massive consumption also of high-fructose corn syrup, high-sugar diet, [and] lack of exercise,” he says.

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MSG: Hidden Sources

NaturoDoc, Feb. 6, 2011
Those wishing to eliminate MSG from their diets are faced with an almost impossible task. Food preparers are often unaware that they’re even using MSG. Labels can be misleading. A label that says “No MSG added” doesn’t necessarily mean that the food is free of MSG, it simply means that the manufacturer didn’t put in additional MSG. MSG goes under many aliases, one of the most common being “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” an additive used to increase the protein content of a wide variety of foods. Manufacturers also hide MSG as part of “natural flavorings,” because it is a natural product. But being natural is not the same as being harmless.Full story

Why Your Children Should Never Have MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) or Aspartate

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What if I told you that modern life made it INCREDIBLY easy to destroy the hypothalamus of your child? It’s true and this can have devastating long term consequences for your little one as I document below. Yes, it’s easy to slowly poison one of the major regions of your child’s brain and below I will show you how many parents are unwittingly doing it.

First of all, let me explain the chemicals, collectively called excitotoxins, that we’re talking about here: glutamates and aspartates. These two chemical families are actual neurotransmitters used extensively by the brain. The food industry has for decades poured it into our processed foods as flavor enhancers. It makes food taste better, so they throw it into anything and everything. Almost anyone, in the U.S. at least, has consumed signficant amounts of autolyzed vegetable proteins, MSG, monosodium glutamate, aspartame in chewing gum and diet drinks and on and on the list goes. Soups, sauces, powders and seasonings are very common sources as well.

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