Monday, February 23, 2009

Day 329- Nutrition Bite

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is an additive people should avoid. MSG is the sodium salt of a common amino acid, glutamic acid. It brings out the flavor of foods. In the 1960s, researchers discovered large amounts fed to infant mices destroyed brain cells. Careful studies have shown that a small number of people are sensitive to large doses of MSG. Reactions include headache, nausea, weakness, and burning sensations in the back of the neck and the forearms. Other ingredients, like natural flavoring and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) also contain glutamate.
~Nutrition Action Healthletter, May 2008

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I try to avoid foods such as chips, frozen entrees, restaurant food, and soups because they are packed with MSG. If you have any adverse reactions eating foods with MSG, avoid it like the plague!

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