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The Hidden Sources of MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an ingredient that is in many foods — both human foods and pet foods. MSG is a synthetic (man made) ingredient.

MSG is most popularly known for its use in Chinese cooking. However, MSG is based on a natural food enhancer that the Chinese used for thousands of years, which is derived from certain mushrooms. This natural food enhancer is okay. It''s the synthetic version that is not.

Due to the fact MSG is cheaper, the man–made version of MSG, replaced the natural and original food enhancer.

Jack LaLanne is a famous person who was inspired by Paul Bragg. Paul Bragg is famous for saying humans can live to be 120 years of age. While Jack LaLanne once said if man made it, don''t eat it. MSG is one of those ingredients man made which we, as humans, should not eat let alone give to our pets because MSG will not let us humans live to be a 120 years old nor will it benefit our pets.

While doing some research on MSG and its side effects, I found an interesting web site — Truth In Labeling. Truth In Labeling provides information about sources of MSG including vaccines such as the H1N1 (Swine Flu vaccine) along with some of the many dangers of MSG.

Sources of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Based on the Truth In Labeling web site, I discovered that MSG was in many sources.

Always Contain MSG:

The following ingredients always contain MSG.

  • Glutamate (E 620)
  • Glutamic acid (E 620)
  • Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
  • Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
  • Calcium glutamate (E 623)
  • Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
  • Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
  • Ajinomoto
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Natrium glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)
  • Gelatin
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Textured protein
  • Vetsin (Vitsin)

Anything hydrolyzed

  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Yeast extract
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Yeast food

Sometimes Contain MSG:

The following ingredients sometimes contain MSG.

  • Bouillon and Broth
  • Barley malt
  • Carrageenan
  • Citric acid
  • Malt extract
  • Malt flavoring
  • Maltodextrin
  • Natural beef flavoring
  • Natural chicken flavoring
  • Natural pork flavoring
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Soy protein
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Stock
  • Ultra–pasteurized
  • Whey protein
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Anything enzyme modified
  • Anything fermented
  • Anything protein fortified
  • Flavors(s) and Flavoring(s)
  • Natural flavor(s) and flavoring(s)
  • Seasonings (the word seasonings)

Signs MSG May Be Present:

The following ingredients work synergistically with MSG to enhance flavor. Therefore, if the following ingredients are present, then chances are MSG is too.

  • Disodium 5''–guanylate (E 627)
  • Disodium 5''–inosinate (E 631)
  • Disodium 5''–ribonucleotides (E 635)

A Few More Comments About MSG

  • Hydrolyzed proteins may be listed as pea protein, whey protein, corn protein, etc.
  • If a pea were whole, it would be identified as a pea and not pea protein.
  • Calling an ingredient a protein suggests that the ingredient has been hydrolyzed.
  • When you beauty products, soaps, shampoos, etc containing ingredients that have been hydrolyzed then chances are there is MSG. Some products also contain MSG when there are proteins or amino acids used.

Reactions To MSG

Some vaccinations contain MSG, which can cause brain lesions in young laboratory animals and causes endocrine disturbances like obesity and reproductive disorders later in life.

Everyone reacts to MSG differently. Most people react based on the dose used.

Do yourself, your family and your pets a favor — avoid MSG.

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Random Thoughts — Bits and Pieces of Information

Every now and then I come along information that''s worth mentioning but doesn''t warrant a full page of information. On this page, you will find random thoughts along with bits and pieces of information in no particular order.

Web Sites

Growing Power

Let Will Allen help you learn how to grow healthy foods in your community. Learn everything that is needed for sustainable growing of food including composting. 50% of garbage is organic. We can save a lot of waste going to the landfill by composting.

IAMS Cruelty

If you ever wanted to learn more about cruelty to animals done by commercial pet food companies, then IAMS Cruelty will provide you that information.

Sweet Poison

Do you know about the dangers of artificial sweeteners? If not, then you should. As an example, aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde within the body. Not many know this. The question is, what else don''t you know about artificial sweeteners?

The World According To Monsanto

Monsanto is a company that makes chemicals, genetically modified foods and more. The documentary The World According To Monsanto is worth watching if you want to learn more about this company.

Random Thoughts

Yoga Axiom

A man is never old, if his spine is flexible. This is a philosophy of yoga. A man''s age is counted by the health of his spine and not by his years. If the spine is healthy, the organism is totally healthy. The key to the entire organism and life is the spine; each section of the spine is adapted to its function. Be like your pets, stretch your spine, stretch your body.

Mad Cows

Many are concerned about Mad Cows disease and rightly so. However, Mad Cows disease affects the nervous system of a cow. Therefore, some say unless you are feeding the nervous system then you don''t need to worry. Ultimately, mad cows is caused by cattle farmers who feed meat to their cows rather than just solely vegetation. Cows being herbivores are not meant to eat and if you were to feed a dog or cat a vegetarian diet then they would be sick too.

Prescription Pet Foods For Kidneys

Prescription pet foods for kidney problems, when fed, will lead to death. Prescription pet food for kidney foods are low in protein thus reducing the stress on the kidneys. But that will only kill the pet because our pets need protein. Thus when the vet says the pet will only live for 6 months, it''s not because of the kidneys, but because there is not enough protein in the food. We must ask ourselves, is it the amount of protein that is the problem or the quality of the protein? Raw protein is good, cooked is bad. A wholesome raw meat diet is the key to good health. We all know that if we ate Apple Jacks and drank Coca Cola that we would not be healthy, the same with our pets. But we have been convinced by the marketing of the companies and vets that pet food is healthy. However, feeding commercial pet food is no different than eating Apple Jacks instead of apples. Health is ultimately all about common sense.

Spider Plants

Spider plants are good for creating healthy air in the house. You need about 20 plants per house but spider plants are also toxic to pets. However, spider plants are best as hanging plants and so if you hang them, then the chance of your pet eating the plant is minimal. The benefit of having spider plants naturally clean the air within your house is something to consider.

Powerful Scents

Many scents are too powerful for our pets including natural ones. Pennyroyal, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, etc are examples of those herbs whose scent is too powerful for our pets. Pennyroyal is even potentially toxic in higher dosages.

Pets As Fashion Accessories

Pets are not a fashion accessory. Pets are not meant to get botox, wear diamond jewelry, etc. People who treat their pets this way don''t realize that their pets are not a Barbie Doll and are in fact a living being. Movie stars and other high glam people are more concerned with their image than the well–being of their pets.

The Power of Whole Foods

Whole foods contain the vital force of the food while processed foods do not. As an example, white rice cannot grow while whole grain brown rice can. White rice, since it is processed, has no vital force or energy while brown rice does.

Auricular Therapy

Auricular therapy is a method of providing the ear with acupuncture or acupressure to stimulate the body''s own natural healing ability. With cats and dogs, especially cats, place your thumb and index finger on either side of the ear starting at the base. Then gently and slowly move your fingers from the base of the ear to the tip while maintaining some pressure. In this way, you hit some acupressure points. You will notice that cats especially like this and can have a nice calming effect on cats.

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