Thursday, May 05, 2011

MSG . . . the slow poison

One of bestest buddies from high school (I know, gasp!) is a fitness guru.  Is that the word.  She and her hubby own and operate a gym & are personal trainers.  They are fit and hot and beautiful and wonderful.  They are educated and they have this to say . . . .

And . . I have to post a picture of my bestest friend, fellow ex-gymnast, because once you see these abs, you'll have no choice but to trust her words on food, supplements and all things fitness.  What was this, Jam?  Miss Fitness . . . give me the official title.

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 in your 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 research assistant 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 Slow Poisoning 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 the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats."

When I heard this, I was shocked.  I went into my kitchen and checked the cup-boards 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?  As 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. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

"Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats." Guimaraes RB, 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.
AHypertens 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 m
ore 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.

But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice!  What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us?

This message is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate-owned politicians and media won't tell you.

The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic is to forward this article to everyone.  With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation
protecting those who are poisoning us.

The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry..  Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself.  Go to the National Library of Medicine at
Type in the words "MSG  Obese" and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We the public do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry's bottom line while waiting for the heart transplant, the diabetic-induced amputation, blindness, or other obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders..

With your help we can put an end to this poison.  Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by distribution of this printout to your friends all over the world and stop this "Slow Poisoning of Mankind" by the packaged food industry.

Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, so get the word out.


M&Co. said...

MSG also makes my son almost viberate. We fed him Feingold and were very cautious about what we fed him because of the effect food had on him. I bought some peanuts, that I'd bought before, old ones didn't have MSG new ones did. He could barely keep himself together after eating the MSG. Nasty stuff and it is in everything.

Disney Redhead said...

Personally, I think most things in moderation are fine. And I also think it's less to do with the MSG and more to do with the food it's in just being crap, in general.

Pretty much all of those things listed with MSG are just crappy, unhealthy food all around. Sure the MSG is bad but so is just about every other ingredient in those nasty, prepackaged things.

However, plenty of people can still eat those things without being overweight or obese.

I think it's gluttony that kills people, not the MSG.

Jam said...

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Homestead said...

If she's Jam.... can I be Jelly?

I think M&Co's comments about her son's sensitivity are really interesting because I swear MSG gives me a headache.

In a perfect world I would tell you I shun all of those pre-pack foods on the list.... but let's be real. 3 kids, fabulous job, busy social life.....

My kids love Cambell's soup but I can't stand it.... I always thought it was the salt... maybe it's the MSG.

Also.... does my beloved Zattaran's (sp?) beans and rice have MSG? I will cry.

Elle said...

MSG in Chinese food gives me a splitting headache . . . and I think a variety of factors make people heavy.

More than an anti-MSG, pro-vitamin crusade, I'm on an awareness mission. And a commitment for life. Eat less. Exercise more. Do it forever. Walk. Plan a few extra minutes and get off the couch. Go through the pain in the ass to fill all the bike tires so you can all go for a ride. Buy a new can of tennis balls and go chase them around. Not because you're good at tennis . . but because you CAN.

In my mommy life, convenience foods are a necessity at times. Yes, I try to provide apples and clementines over pre-packaged stuff. I do watch labels. In the end, I think harping on a kid about what they are eating can end up doing more harm than good. Big is really close to being vegetarian. And i get that. When I see her face twist with disgust and she chews and chews and chews on a piece of flesh, I understand that overwhelming urge to spit it out. I won't be the one to tell her she has to swallow it. I prefer not to eat meat, too. This is my same parenting theory as preacher's child . . . tell a kid they HAVE to be a ballerina, and they'll pick up archery. Tell them they have to go to church . . . and they'll fight every step. Put chicken in front of them and make a scene and you lose in the end.

I prefer the path of less resistance.