Friday, December 31, 2010

What Can MSG Do for You?

 This was a response to the Food Judgment post at the Fat Heffalump site.

The one bone I have to pick (oops!) is with foods from places such as KFC and McDonald's and also with snack foods such as Doritos. It isn't because anyone's bad for eating it, but because it contains a substance that is extremely unhealthy for everybody and downright dangerous for some: Monosodium Glutamate or MSG. This is literally a neurotoxin. It has no flavor of its own. It affects the neurotransmitters in the brain so that the flavors of other foods are enhanced. In many people it causes gastric distress and in some it causes respiratory distress, including in the worst cases, anaphylaxis.
I was able to stop taking all asthma medications when I started looking for MSG in foods.
I don't mention this as an "ew, this makes people fat" remark (I'm fat myself) but rather as something that might help someone (like me) who has been struggling with gastric and respiratory problems and being put on one medication after another to no avail.