MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is a flavor enhancer that is found in most processed foods. It is added to ice cream, meats, sauces, soups, broths, vegetables, and other foods. Since it is a flavor enhancer then if the food does not taste that great, MSG can come to the rescue. If you were an industry producing processed foods and you did not use MSG but all your competitors did, how do you think this would effect your sales? People purchase food products mainly for taste so the brand that tastes the best will sell the most. I am all for making a product better but does adding MSG to a product make it better? Better, yes, for sales but what about better for your health? Tests are still being conducted on MSG safety but there is big controversy over this at present. MSG was in baby foods until 1969. I would like to know more about this and why they pulled it from baby foods then. Could it be that it was unsafe for babies? If so, even as an adult I would not want to ingest something that was not good for babies and what about a pregnant woman ingesting MSG - how would this effect her baby?
You might can avoid purchasing foods with MSG if you know all the names that it has been given. However somewhere I read that the food industries will just keep changing the name as many times as it takes to keep people buying their products. MSG is named by many as a neurotoxin or excitotoxin and excess MSG in the brain can result in rapid, uncontrolled firing of synapses which can lead to brain cell death. A synapse contains a small gap separating neurons and is a region where nerve impulses are transmitted and received. MSG will effect everyone differently depending on their blood brain barrier. The blood brain barrier protects certain toxins from reaching your brain but stress, poor diet, head trauma, infections, age, drugs, and other illnesses and diseases weakens this barrier. So why don't we all try to help our brains and bodies out a little and learn a few names for MSG so that we can avoid this neurotoxin. Here are a few.