Monday, March 5, 2012

The Chemical Additive Of The Week - Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Chemical Information:
Mr. Kikunae Ikeda isolated glutamic acid as a new taste substance in 1908 from the seaweed Laminaria japonica, kombu, by aqueous extraction and crystallization, and named its taste "umami". He noticed that the Japanese broth of katsuobushi and kombu had a peculiar taste that had not been scientifically described at that time and was differed from sweet, salty, sour and bitter. To verify that ionized glutamate was responsible for the umami taste, Professor Ikeda studied the taste properties of many glutamate salts such as calcium, potassium, ammonium, and magnesium glutamate. All salts elicited umami in addition to a certain metallic taste due to the other minerals. Among those salts, sodium glutamate was the most soluble and palatable, and crystallized easily. Professor Ikeda named this product monosodium glutamate and submitted a patent to produce MSG. - The Discovery of Umami

Health Effects:
MSG is an Excitotoxin, Monosodium Glutamate enters the brain through membranes in the mouth and enters the bloodstream as foods containing MSG are digested. MSG is created artificially using processes that break down and change natural-bound glutamate, which the body produces, into free forms of glutamate. These free glutamates can sometimes enter the bloodstream up to 10 times faster than bound or natural glutamates. - Mary Moss

Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. In fact, one aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile, and you see the same effect with MSG. It also causes a cancer cell to become more mobile, and that enhances metastasis, or spread. These MSG-exposed cancer cells developed all of these pseudopodians and started moving through tissues, which is one of the earlier observations from cancer. - Dr. Blaylock

In a susceptible individual the short-term health effects of MSG can mimic those of a heart attack with sweating, chest pain, shortness, of breath, and a rapid heart rate.- Dr. Kristie Leong

MSG has also been linked to eye damage, headaches, fatigue, disorientation and depression. - Dr. Mercola

Various dosages of MSG were injected to 5 day old male chicks. Body weights, food intake, rate of obesity, semen production, some endocrine criteria and brain pathology were studied til 235 days post injection. All M.S.G. treated birds showed brain damage in the rotundus nuclei, and in the area located dorsolaterally to the ventromedial hypothalamic nuclei (V.M.H.). In some of the M.S.G. treated birds, additional brain regions were damaged. - Robinzon B, Snapir N, Perek M.

Some Hidden Names For MSG Are:
Glutamic Acid
Monosodium Glutamate
Monopotassium Glutamate
Yeast Extract
Yeast Food
Yeast Nutrient
Autolyzed Yeast
Autolyzed Yeast Extract
Torula Yeast
Autolyzed Soy Protein (any protein that is autolyzed)
Hydrolyzed Protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
Hydrolyzed Pea Protein
Hydrolyzed Corn Protein
Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten
Calcium Caseinate
Sodium Caseinate
Textured Protein
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Natrium Glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)
Gelatin - MSG Exposed

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