Hidden Sources of MSG

The following is a list of ingredient names that you may find on your food labels that contain enough MSG to serve as common MSG-Reaction triggers, not to mention the free glutamate (L-Glutamate) in MSG stimulates brain cells to death. This list should be printed out and brought along with you to the gr0cery store. You will be amazed at how many food labels you will find these hidden sources of MSG lurking on. This is the same list (with a few additions) that’s included in Dr. Russell Blaylock’s book Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. Please study and pass this crucial list on to your friends and family.

These ALWAYS contain MSG:

  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Monopotassium Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Yeast Food
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Autolyzed Yeast Extract
  • Torula Yeast
  • Autolyzed Soy Protein (any protein that is autolyzed)
  • Hydrolyzed Protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
  • Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Pea Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Corn Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Textured Protein
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • Natrium Glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)
  • Gelatin

These OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing:

  • Carageenan
  • Malt Extract
  • Malt Flavoring
  • Barley Malt
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric Acid1
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Soy Sauce
  • Soy Sauce Extract
  • Soy Protein
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Stock
  • Spices* (may contain between 30% to 60% MSG)
  • Natural Beef Flavoring
  • Natural Chicken Flavoring
  • Natural Pork Flavoring
  • Ultra-Pasteurized
  • Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Protein Fortified Anything
  • Flavor(s) & Flavoring(s)* (may contain between 30% to 60% MSG)
  • Natural Flavor(s) & Flavoring(s)* (may contain between 30% to 60% MSG)
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Protease Enzymes
  • Enzymes Anything
  • Anything Enzyme Modified
  • Anything Protein Fortified
  • Anything Fermented
  • Seasonings (the word “seasonings”)
  • Fish Sauce2
  • Fish Sauce Extract

1.)  Most of the “citric acid” used today is made from corn rather than from citrus fruits. “Citric acid” is produced by fermentation of crude sugars. When “citric acid” is produced from corn, manufacturers do not take the time or undertake the expense to remove all corn protein. During processing, the remaining protein is hydrolyzed, resulting in some processed free glutamic acid (MSG). “Citric acid” also interacts with any protein in the food to which it is added, freeing up more glutamic acid.

2.)  Some fish sauce manufacturers use cheaper techniques to cut the fermentation times very short and these techniques typically utilize MSG. Fish sauce typically takes 1 year to ferment properly and create a good quality sauce. This time is cut extremely short by some manufacturers that choose not to ferment the fish this long and instead add MSG to make up for poorer quality fish sauce.

Note: Soybean milk naturally contains a high content of glutamate. Kombu, miso, and soy sauce all contain MSG.

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