MSG: What Do You Think?

After discussing the effects and the different names that food companies hide MSG under with Evan over the weekend, we both thought this was an important topic to discuss on my blog. Please, if you have anything to add, speak up! I did what research I could, but if there’s more I’d love to hear it!

*I found my information here and here, if you’d like to explore the topic more.*

The use of MSG in flavoring various foods is very controversial mainly because it is not proven (by the FDA) that MSG actually causes adverse affects to the human body, and because it has not been banned by the FDA for use in foods. However, many people claim to have symptoms after consuming food with MSG, including, but not limited to (there’s a much longer list here):

  • headaches
  • palpitations
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • numbness
  • burning sensation
  • tingling
  • facial pressure or tightness
  • chest pain
  • rapid heartbeat
  • drowsiness
  • weakness

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is added to thousands of food and grocery products through a dozen different innocent-sounding ingredients, imbalances endocrine system function, disabling normal appetite regulation and causing consumers to keep eating more food. This chemical not only contributes to nationwide obesity, it also helps food companies boost repeat business.”

MSG is often hidden in foods. The FDA only requires it to be labeled by its name “Monosodium glutamate” IF it has been added to the food. Often, other ingredients (listed below) only contain MSG (therefore not requiring labeling them as MSG) and the consumer is completely unaware of what they are buying and eating.

These ingredients always contain MSG:

  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Monoammonium glutamate
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
  • Plant Protein Extract
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Textured Protein (Including TVP)
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Corn Oil

Frequently these ingredients contain MSG:

  • Malt Extract
  • Malt Flavoring
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Stock Flavoring
  • Natural Flavors/Flavoring
  • Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring
  • Seasoning, Spices
  • Maltodextrin
  • Whey Protein

Sometimes these ingredients contain MSG:

  • Carrageenan
  • Enzymes
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Whey Protein Concentrate

Basically, check your labels. Evan and I now have typed lists of these ingredients to keep with us at the grocery store. I was shocked to discover an MSG containing ingredient in some Organic Pacific Foods Chicken Broth I purchased over the weekend. If I’d had my list I wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of buying it and returning it later. It’s ridiculous to me that these things can be hidden in our food and no one is aware of it. In my opinion, if this stuff isn’t harmful, why is it covered up by all of these ingredients? So now that I’ve armed you with this information, what do you think? Will you turn a blind eye when you see this stuff, or run away as fast as you can? Is it worth the trouble to you to check your labels for any of these ingredients? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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NEW SHOES

Okay, onto less serious things! Well, almost… After class tonight I headed over to Lloyd Clarke Sports (we got out a little early and I was right there so I figured, why not?) to get fitted with some new kicks. All I can say is, thank goodness I did! I had no idea what I was missing in shoe comfort until I tried on 10+ pairs tonight that all felt better than my current Nikes. Apparently I have a moderate overpronation of the left foot which is causing my pain, and my current shoes do not have the proper lateral support to keep my knees and joints safe. After trying on a million shoes that were appropriate for my feet, I narrowed it down to a pair of Brooks and a pair of Saucony’s. I went back and forth trying them on and really didn’t know which ones I wanted (though, I was leaning toward the Saucony’s because they were $50 cheaper).

Finally, I had two people looking at me walk with both pairs of shoes on (one was a running trainer) and they both agreed that the Saucony’s were correcting my overpronation way more and giving me great stability. The two shoes were equally comfortable and felt great on my feet, so I trusted their opinion and went with the Saucony pair (the ProGrid Hurricane X model). They were $75 and I was happy to not be spending over $100 on a pair of shoes. I’ll be testing them out on the treadmill over the next few runs in case I need to take them back for any reason (can’t be worn outside).

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When I got home, I checked the mail and discovered that my Shoe Pouch from RoadID had come! I didn’t want to spend the extra money on the actual metal ID tag, but I definitely needed a place to keep my stuff when I run (keys, ID, money). I also figured I could put my ID and insurance information in the pouch and it’d serve the same purpose as the tag. I was really excited to attach the Shoe Pouch to my new shoes!

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TODAY’S EATS

Breakfast today was a bowl of Dark Chocolate Coconut Banana Nutty Oatmeal! It had oats, oat milk, water, 1 sliced banana, unsweetened coconut, mixed nuts, and PB & Co Dark Chocolate PB. Mmmmmm…dessert for breakfast!

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Lunch was bagged today because I interned from 9:45-1:45 and got to eat lunch with my students. I had half of a can of Amy’s Lentil Soup, organic unsweetened applesauce, Kashi Toasted Asiago crackers and a Honey Graham Z Bar.

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For dinner I tried pan-fried tofu Kath’s Coconut Maple style that I discovered while scouring some blogs tonight! I haven’t read much of Kath’s posts (I know, I can’t believe it either!) but I definitely will starting now. I really enjoyed the flavors, but had a hard time making everything stick to the tofu. Oh well, I still liked it! I’m excited to play around with some other sauce/flavor combos with tofu. Yum! It’s all I had for dinner because I wasn’t all that hungry and it was all I felt like eating…

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I have an AWESOME blogger meet-up planned with Courtney of The Hungry Yogini for lunch tomorrow! Yay! Can’t wait to recap for you all tomorrow evening πŸ˜€

Wow, you are awesome if you read through all of this! Don’t forget to comment about your thoughts on MSG! I’m off to bed πŸ™‚

Goodnight!

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