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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," but its use remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label.
Evidence is reviewed pertaining to excitatory neurotoxins (excitotoxins) encountered in human food supply. The most frequently encountered food excitotoxin is glutamate (Glu) which is commercially added to many foods despite evidence that it can freely penetrate certain brain regions and rapidly destroy neurons by hyperactivating the NMDA subtype of Glu receptor. Hypersensitivity of NMDA receptors during development makes the immature nervous system especially sensitive to Glu excitotoxicity. On the other hand, elderly consumers are particularly sensitive to domoic acid, a powerful excitotoxic Glu analog that activates both NMDA and non-NMDA receptors. A high content of domoic acid in shell fish caused a recent food poisoning incident that killed some elderly victims and caused brain damage and memory impairment in others.
HEART palpitations, nausea and sweating are just some of the side effects people suffer just one hour eating foods laced with the common additive monosodium glutamate - more commonly known as MSG.
Several other studies have found no reactions to MSG, however, even in people with a history of developing an asthma attack within a Chinese restaurant, where high amounts of MSG are typically used during cooking. “Some researchers believe these discrepancies are because people who are most sensitive are only those with a vitamin B6 deficiency. “Another reason is that symptoms may only come on in after consuming MSG on an empty stomach, or with alcohol – these hasten MSG absorption and therefore increase the severity and rate of onset of symptoms.” Dr Brewer said people with MSG sensitivity may develop the classic asthma symptoms of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing after consuming food or drinks containing monosodium glutamate.
When scientists inject the rodents at birth with MSG, like magic, they produce obese test subjects. Because MSG triples the amount of insulin the rat’s pancreas creates, the results are perfect MSG-Treated Rats equals fat rats. When you search under “MSG Obese” at the National Library of Medicine, at www.pubmed.com, you find over 100 studies to substantiate this.
Obesity is not the only health issue MSG is linked to, as Dr. George Schwartz in his book, In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome Complex, identifies research that links MSG and the dramatic rise in cases of asthma, ADHD, migraines, Parkinson’s disease and heartbeat irregularities too. Ingesting MSG can result in a wide range of symptoms like facial flushing and headaches, with gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety and depression reported by individuals as well.
Curious about how MSG causes obesity? Like aspartame, which is present in many diet foods and diet sodas, it is an excitotoxin. Excitotoxins over excite neurons to the point of cell damage and eventually cell death. (1) Dr. Russsell Blaylock in his book Excitotoxins..The Taste that Kills, reports that in animal studies MSG creates a lesion in the hypothalamus that correlates with abnormal development, including obesity, short stature and sexual reproduction problems.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the world’s most widely used food additives which enhances the flavor of food. MSG toxic effects on central nervous system, adipose tissue, hepatic tissue and reproductive organs were shown in numerous animal studies, however the method of administration and the used doses in most of them were not comparable with human MSG intake. Animal studies in which MSG was administered perorally in doses similar to average human intake or intake of extreme users showed that MSG led to disturbances in metabolism with the increase in more parameters including insulin, fatty acids and triglycerides in serum, MSG increased the expression of several genes implicated in adipocytes differentiation, it affected the liver function resulting in elevation of transaminases` levels and bile synthesis, it also led to oxidative stress in liver and to the pathological changes in ovaries and fallopian tube.