Dangers of MSG / Monosodium Glutamate

The following is a part of my post about, “No Preservatives Added Declaration“.

2. Monosodium Glutamate – It is a flavor enhancer made by fermentation of carbohydrate. Popular for giving food the umami flavor. I heard many testimonies about its bad effects but there are no solid evidences yet.

JL was very kind and gave me two links about evidences that using MSG is bad for our health. The two videos are really convincing, they  bravely mentioned products with MSG and the brand Ajinomoto.  Eating foods with MSG is highly discouraged due to its affects to our health, both mentally and physically. umami

This video is considering MSG as “Excitotoxins: The taste that kills”. Excitotoxins  act by making the brain cells very excited to the point that it become exhausted and dies. In short, they are relating MSG to development of various brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  It also affects other body parts. [http://bit.ly/LiJuT]

This one is a documentary of 700 Club Asia. It states that MSG can cause obesity, diabetis, heart attacks, migraines, brain damage, epilepsy, diarrhea, joint pain, depression, dizziness, slurred speech, ADHD, insomia, anxiety, etc. Their featured products are Knorr, Campbells and Ajinomoto. [http://youtu.be/cZ3HVoH-MsM]

We are still using MSG for our daily cooking activities. We are now planning to stop. I am not encouraging anyone to avoid such products. You still have the freedom to believe or not. You may still search for other proofs.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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