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 in 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.

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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 every packaged products and can cause you a variety of health issues like joint, muscle pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness since artificial flavorings like MSG and artificial sweeteners stimulate the pancreas causing your body an imbalance in insulin and blood sugar levels. If you also happen to have heart problems, MSG can 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

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    14 replies to "Gout and MSG"

    • Wendy

      I avoid “table salt” and use only canning and pickling salt. I have MORE trouble when eating sea salt. One of the ways I can identify MSG is the fact that it tastes SO GOOD. Anything that tastes that good is probably bad for you !! Sea salt can have more or less MSG in it naturally, as L-Glutamic Acid (the business end of MSG which causes sickness) is present in seaweed, especially Kombu Seaweed. That is the seaweed they use to wrap around sushi, as seaweed “paper”. So I avoid sea salt like the plague, and use only canning and pickling salt, where ingredients on box say only “salt”. Table salt with iodine, has maltodextrin added and that is a chemical that contains MSG. There are about 40 different chemicals that contain 20-35% pure L-Glutamic acid and the food manufacturers can use all of them in a product and claim the product is MSG-free, because the law states that if 100% pure MSG is added with the chemical name monosodium glutamate, them there is MSG in the food. Otherwise, it is a nightmare. Lies and deceit in the food industry. They know that any kind of L-glutamate Acid in their food will make it “taste better” than the competition, so they will find ways to add it while still looking “cool” in the eyes of the non-existent FDA “consumer protection”

    • Raymond Iti

      Hi Spiro! I’m a gout sufferer for 30 years now.I got an attack 4 days ago. Have been taking prednisone and gout starting to clear up.Then I had steamed vegetables for dinner but added mushroom sauce and soysauce mushroom flavour both with flavour enhancer 621…msg along with cornflour apple cider vinegar maple syrup. Bang it started to flare again back to worst then it did when I first got it 3 days ago.I hope I have cottoned on to something that really true. I have been using these sauces more frequently lately now are tipping down sink. Spiros if you haven’t do a really good survey on msg and you might discover something really good for gout sufferers.There’s nothing about msg in any gout pamphlets at the doctors.

    • Adam

      Big thanks to this link and other commenters. Typically skeptical of info/reviews like this. However i think this may have helped me identify MSG as trigger. Taken a long time to identify my trigger, actually convinced me that I didn’t have a trigger.

      I recently had a month long volatile flare up that required a steroid shot and regimen 2 weeks into episode. Afterward toe still felt stiff (no pain, minimal swelling) for another week or so. Just a few days ago it was totally cleared up. Chinese food for lunch with a colleague yesterday and my flare up is back in full!

      Its gotta be MSG. In hindsight, other Chinese food experiences have likely before flare ups. They’re just getting worse and worse.

    • zombiedoctor

      Confirming too that MSG is a major gout trigger (along with red wine). This wasn’t the case when I was younger, but now that I’m in my early 40’s, gout attacks are becoming more frequent. Home cooking and other types of restaurants do not cause a flare up. Only Chinese food when we go out to restaurants. Almost without fail, a day or two later, the pain starts. We went to a family dinner on Sunday and now I’m feeling the onset of an attack.

    • Mike Baron

      Yes I’ve known msg is a big trigger for my gout but if I take a couple Aleve before I eat something questionable or dine out. A lot of canned soups flavored chips and almost all bacon and sausage have msg in them. In addition when you see natural flavor, other spices, or flavorings you can bet msg is in there. One last mention I have developed gout after eating waffle/ pancake mix and store bought cookies and am thinking baking powder may also be an offender, good luck to all! Stay healthy!

    • Matt

      I had a gout attack after eating salmon marinaded in soy and brown sugar. I also used Maggi sauce on salads.

    • Las

      I have good proof for MSG causing gout attacks. I have been controlling my gout purely through a very strict diet and lifestyle choices. For instance, I cook my own meals from fresh vegetables. I have a favourite vegetable soup which I have been cooking for years without any adverse effect. But a couple of months ago in a moment of madness I added a spoonful of spice mix which contains MSG to give it a more “chickeny” flavour. My thinking was “MSG is a natural substance, so it should be fine”. But within 24 hours or so I got a mild attack in one foot. It took me a day or two to analyse what I had been eating, because I had kept my diet strictly otherwise and had been symptom-free for months.

      Then I found some reports on the internet saying that American researchers have found that gout sufferers often have problems with glutamate metabolism and glutamates break down to uric acid. So, it was the added MSG in my soup that had done it. I have since made the same soup again without the offending spice mix, which I discarded, and I haven’t had another episode (touch wood). Many gout sufferers are not aware of this, but I found out for myself the hard way. It was like one of those animal experiments, but the animal was me, so, if you have gout, avoid MSG.

    • Joey

      Aloha from Hawaii, I just want to say mahalo (thank you) to Spiro for taking the time to make and share this awesome wealth of knowledge for us gout sufferers like myself and my dad to learn from. And thank you to Francis Chin for being honest and sharing about MSG. MSG definitely affects me negatively and I’ve learned to avoid it.

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    • Francis Chin

      I live in Singapore, a Chinese-dominated society where MSG-laced cooking is the rule in any food outlet. We even have an MSG-production plant in the 1970s (of which I was the administrative manager). When I began work there, my first assignment from the managing director was to research on the benefits of MSG in food. After 3 months of collecting data and showing them to the boss, he told me to shelve the study because there was zero benefit and many harmful effects of MSG.

      • Kepa

        I can confirm that MSG causes gout in me. After years of trial and error, it is the MSG that always causes it. It is in everything, and what initially clued me in was eating dried cuttlefish and Hot Fries in the same day that I also had a up of Noodles for lunch. I am from Hawaii and we love all of those things. That started my quest to eventually figure out it is the MSG. Now whenever I have a gout attack, I can ALWAYS trace it back to something I forgot had MSG, like a bag of BBQ Chips, Top Ramen (the flavor packet), sausage links, some bacons, most flavored corn chips, Campbells soups, so many things. Read the labels and it could be affecting you too. Some restaurants you must ask also, because some put it in Kim Chee and their soup bases and sauces. Peace.

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