The Dangerous Chemical That Can Wreak Havoc to Your Health and Your Gout
MSG or monosodium glutamate is a popular flavor enhancer and if you have eaten at a Chinese buffet, you know how much MSG is added and how bloated you feel once you get out of there. But MSG is not only found in Chinese food, nowadays food companies use it in so many of the processed foods you find in your local grocery store in frozen foods, crackers, canned soups, canned vegetables, potato chips, cured meats, processed cheese, breakfast cereals, desserts, condiments and the list goes and on and on! What MSG does is it makes those foods taste fresher and smell better while it silently destroys your health.
Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise but MSG is a toxin! A good book on MSG is Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills written by Dr. Russell Blaylock. In his book he goes on to explain how MSG is a excitotoxin which means that it overexcites your brain cells causing brain damage and eventually death. MSG has also been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease according to the author.
What is MSG?
MSG was born in 1908 by Japanese inventor Kikunae Ikeda who first identified the natural flavor of seaweed and then went on to create the man-made additive we call MSG. MSG’s chemical composition consists of 78 percent free glutamic acid, 21 percent sodium and up to 1 percent contaminants.
You’ve got guanylates that also includes guanylic acid, dipotatssium guanylate, calcium guanylate and disodium guanylate which are odourless, colorless white crystals used mainly in low salt/sodium foods to enhance the taste so you can eat think you are actually eating healthy when you are not. These guanylates are metabolized into purines in your body and should definitely be avoided by the gout sufferer.
Then you’ve got inosinates like inosinic acid, dipotatssium inosinate, calcium inosinate and disodium inosinate found primarily and naturally in animal products like processed cheese, poultry, meat, pre-cooked noodles, broths etc…Inosinates are used together with MSG and your body will also metabolize it into purines, so you have to watch out!
Why do you think I recommend you read my eBook “Gout and You: The Ultimate Gout Diet & Cookbook” in which I teach you how to eat fresh and avoid all these processed foods? All food companies care about is their bottom line while they destroy your health.
Flavor enhancers like MSG are used in almost all packaged products and may cause a variety of health issues like joint, muscle pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness since artificial flavorings like MSG and artificial sweeteners may stimulate the pancreas causing your body an imbalance in insulin and blood sugar levels. If you also happen to have heart problems, MSG may cause rapid heartbeat. This is no good to us gout sufferers and we are better off using natural spices to add taste to our foods. Yes it takes more work but do you want to live or do you want to die?
The FDA requires that food companies must list MSG (monosodium glutamate) if it is added on the label but food companies know you and I will look for that and has developed over 40 labeled ingredients to hide MSG and you wouldn’t know it by their names alone. Some of the strange names include autolyzed yeast, monopotassium glutamate, glutamic acid, gelatin, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate just to name a few.
That’s why I have the rule that when I shop at the grocery store and look at the label, if I don’t know what these weird named ingredients are, I put it back on the shelf and don’t buy it. This is a good rule to live by; it won’t get you into trouble, that’s for sure. In addition, many restaurants use MSG in their cooking so make sure to ask the waiter before ordering what meals on the menu don’t have MSG in them or skip restaurants altogether like I do cause you never know what you’re going to get.
Posted by Spiro Koulouris