Is MSG Safe to Eat?

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a food additive that is used to add flavor and appeal to foods. MSG is commonly added to food such as canned vegetables, Chinese food, soups and processed meats. Although MSG is on the Food and Drug Administrations GRA list (generally regarded as safe), its safety and health consequences remain controversial.

MSG is of concern because it crosses a safety net, called the blood brain barrier, which separates the brain from the rest of the body. MSG “tricks” the brain into thinking that the food you are eating tastes good, causing you to consume more and more of the product. Signs and adverse reactions that have been linked to MSG intake include:

• Headaches
• Seizures
• Flushing
• Sweating
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Heart palpitations
• Feelings of facial pressure or numbness
• Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Recent research has also indicated that MSG is a potential pre-cursor to obesity. MSG appears to affect the hunger and weight control centers of the brain and can stimulate an increase in appetite and cravings.

Toxic exposure to food additives and chemicals is at an all-time high and with MSG crossing the blood brain barrier, I highly recommend eliminating foods that contain MSG from your diet and switching to more natural food sources. Organic fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, nuts, seeds and whole grains are filled with nature’s goodness without you having to worry about toxicity levels. For more information about meal plans filled to the brim with quality nutrition, visit Truestar’s Nutrition section today!

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