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How MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is Hidden in Your Foods and its Antidote, Taurine

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Neutralizing MSG, Neutralizing Monosodium Glutamate

If monosodium glutamate (MSG) is as safe as its food industry proponents claim, then why do they consistently labor to hide it from us with deceptive labeling?

Many readers will be thrilled to discover that there is an effective, all-natural antidote for MSG poisoning called taurine. It is an amino acid that is naturally produced by the human body. Also known as L-taurine, it is found in proteins, and it is added to many energy drinks, due to its stimulating effect. Taurine supplement capsules can be found in health food stores, and they should be kept ready for MSG or heart emergencies. It effectively neutralizes MSG and it helps to regulate the pulse. The earlier that it is taken during a time of exposure to MSG, the better that it works to neutralize the MSG. If at all possible, it is best to take taurine just before MSG consumption, but please note that we would never recommend the consumption of MSG, even when there is taurine available to neutralize it. Conversely, MSG neutralizes the taurine already present in the body, which is largely its method of causing heart attacks.

Monosodium glutamate is in a special class of chemicals known as excitotoxins. These chemicals cross the blood brain barrier to over stimulate the neurons of the brain. It has the effect of destroying some neurons permanently, causing a variety of mental issues, including a permanent loss of intelligence. MSG poisoning will lower a person's intelligence faster than lead exposure, in addition to causing its better known mental and physical effects. This toxin is especially dangerous when combined with magnesium deficiencies, which are common in the West. MSG and magnesium deficiency is a deadly combination that can lead to sudden heart failure, and this combination is the primary reason why so many high-school athletes in the United States have mysterious heart failures.

MSG is sprayed directly upon crops, because it is a highly effective insecticide. Nevertheless, the F.D.A. has blessed its usage inside U.S. foods for decades.

"Cardiovascular signs [of MSG consumption] include hypotension, shock, and sometimes cardiac arrhythmias, which, if untreated, may precipitate circulatory collapse."

-- Handbook of Diseases, 2003

U.S. food regulators and chemical companies are intentionally making it difficult to avoid MSG, by using other names to hide its presence in ingredients lists.

Common Names Used To Hide MSG In Ingredients Lists

  • Gelatin
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
  • Textured Protein
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
  • Yeast Extract
  • Sodium Glutamate
  • Glutamate
  • Autolyzed Plant Protein
  • Yeast Food
  • Yeast
  • Nutrient
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Vegetable Protein Extract
  • Soy Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten
  • Natural Flavor *
  • Artificial Flavor
  • Spice *

* Since the F.D.A. has intentionally left "natural flavor" and "spice" without meaningful definitions, U.S. companies freely use these names to hide ingredients in our foods. This lack of regulations in enforcing honest labels is by design, in order to benefit the chemical industry.

[MSG's] "commercial use is permitted only due to its marketing before the 1958 Food Additive Amendments to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which in effect grandfathered hundreds of substances which had never been tested for safety, including MSG...

"... Certain neuroscientists have, for years, warned that consumption of neurotoxic amino acids (glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and L-cysteine) place consumers at risk -- with most risk to newborns and young children whose immature blood-brain barriers leave them less well protected than more mature people. There is now additional and growing concern on the part of neuroscientists that the glutamate that we eat may cause or exacerbate neuro-degenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimers disease."

-- Mission Possible Canada

"Industry has begun to proliferate products with the words 'No MSG', 'No Added MSG', or 'No MSG Added' on product labels when the products contain hydrolyzed protein (which invariably contains MSG) -- a practice that is clearly in violation of existing FDA regulations. Hidden MSG is not limited to use in food. MSG sensitive people have reported reactions to soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics that contain hidden MSG. The most obvious common hiding places are in ingredients called 'hydrolyzed protein' and 'amino acids'. Drinks, candy and chewing gum are also potential sources of hidden MSG... Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements, both prescription and non-prescription, including internal feeding materials and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals, may contain MSG. Reactions to MSG are dose related, i.e., some people react to even very small amounts of MSG while others usually only react to relatively more. MSG-induced reactions may occur immediately after contact or after as much as 48 hours."

-- Aspartame Poisoning Information Canada

The Documented Effects Of MSG Consumption

Vision disturbances
Panic attacks
Heart attacks
Parkinson's disease
Huntington's disease
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
Alzheimer's disease
Brain lesions
Retinal damage
Food cravings
Depleted nutrients
Stunted growth
Crosses into the fetus
Ocular (eye) destruction
Liver damage
Kidney damage
Vastly increased chance of ADD, ADHD,
asperger's and autism
Severe headaches
Shortness of breath
Chest pains
Gastrointestinal disturbances
Poor memory
Numbness of hands, feet, or jaw
Chronic bronchitis
Allergy reactions
Irregular heart beat
Unstable blood pressure
Pain in joints or bones
Abrupt mood changes
Tingling in face or chest
Pressure behind eyes
Difficulty swallowing
Anxiety attacks
Explosive rages
Balance problems
Dizziness or seizures
Multiple sclerosis
Tenderness in localized areas,
neck, back, etc.
Chronic post nasal drip
Sleep disorders
Blurred vision
Chronic fatigue
Extreme thirst or dry mouth
Difficulty concentrating
Slowed speech

Notice the alarming number of diseases caused by, or aggravated by MSG. It is no coincidence that these symptoms match almost exactly those of insecticide ingestion, for MSG is actually used by farmers as an insecticide.

Glutamate occurs naturally in some foods, but the naturally-occurring glutamate does not cause ill-effects. It is believed to always appear in nature with its own antidote(s), for instance, taurine. The kind of MSG added to foods is a type that the F.D.A. allows manufacturers to call a "natural flavor" even though there is nothing natural about it. What follows describes that "natural" manufacturing process.

"Today, the glutamic acid component of the food additive monosodium glutamate is generally made by bacterial or microbial fermentation wherein bacteria used are often, if not always, genetically engineered. In this method, bacteria are grown aerobically in a liquid nutrient medium. The bacteria have the ability to excrete glutamic acid they synthesize outside of their cell membrane into the liquid nutrient medium in which they are grown. The glutamic acid is then separated from the fermentation broth by filtration, concentration, acidification, and crystallization, and, through the addition of sodium, converted to its monosodium salt."


In other words, the MSG added to our foods is typically produced from the putrid fermenting wastes of genetically engineered bacteria combined with powerful chemical agents. This whole process is referred to as "natural", at least by the F.D.A.'s unique version of biological science.

We recommend reading, The Slow Poisoning Of Mankind, which was an official report submitted to the World Health Organization about MSG.


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Comments (14)
  • David Nelson  - MSG

    I'm not surprised that the Rockefellers don't want to contribute to support your site. In spite of useful and apparently credible information, the ideological and contentious tone of much of your text is very off putting. Clean it up and you will have more people wanting to help you.

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    If having ideological principles is the worst complaint that people have about us, then I'm quite happy. People used to call that sort of thing "journalistic ethics" back in the day. If you want "journalists" who will sacrifice principles for popularity, then you should check out Natural News sometime.

  • Jamie De Voe-Barnes  - Too sensitive for truth.

    Wow David,
    I don't want to be offensive but I've found nothing "offputting" about this site. They just tell the truth and very quickly. What I hate about sites is when you have to read 8 paragraphs before you get to the "nitty gritty".
    I don't see any need to sugar-coat the truth. Additionally,
    I didn't see anything offensive.

    I don't know what world you came from or live in as a man, but you must have been very pampered to think this was offensive.
    I am a woman and was shocked to see your response. My advice is if you don't appreciate all of this awesome information, go elsewhere and good luck!

  • thomas okeefe  - slow poisoning response

    jamie, you are a total idiot if you cannot see whats happening. read the labels.

  • jean laberge  - have you considered this?

    o.k children ask yourself what is wrong with this scenario
    mix dilantin 400mg/day with tubenol as needed add in a generic version of prozac 25mg 2x daily with a person having sustained removal of about 25 to40% of the right temporal oble and do not advise the taker that he has a allergy to the gelatin that forms the casing and "delivery vehicle component" of the "generic prozac. after you do that tell the incarcerated adult male why he is being provided with a program that will assist him recognizing when his behaviour is verging on antisocial and the need to return to recieve further more intensely delivered modification therapy.
    any responses/ suggestions about the man's experiences, please do not demand to know what u.s. state or territory this occured in.

  • Chris  - Just had to say...

    I love your site, and although I am familiar with most of the subject matter, I'm am absolutely tickled pink with the way you write..

    I have the complete opposite reaction to David.

    But what could you expect from someone who has to physically control her urge to rip those brainwashed "ribbon" stickers off cars that I pass in a parking lot?

    You have to go a long way to find any integrity in this world... and you have that in spades.

    Keep up the Excellent Work!

  • Patty

    I love your site! I would like more information about the taurine for msg exposure. I want to try it but I can't tolerate energy drinks and that is an ingredient of those. How many taurine capsules should someone take and how long before they would know if it was helping?

  • C. Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)

    Unless it is a really ridiculous amount (like from 3 bags of Doritos plus KFC), then you should do okay with about 500 mg. per hundred pounds of body weight.

    I suspect somebody is a cheater! That's okay. Your secret is secure.

    You really need to get some magnesium in your diet beforehand, because magnesium deficiency combined with MSG is known to cause heart failure, and a bad heart rhythm. To make good use of the magnesium, your body also needs calcium and vitamin D.

  • frank

    Apparently, the amino acid L-Glutamine is also converted into Glutamic Acid.
    So whenever you supplement with amino acids, or supplements containing L-Glutamine, you're exposing yourself to MSG.
    I noticed that when ingesting 5mg (1 teaspoon) of L-Glutamine 2ce a day on an empty stomach, i suddenly became very tired and slept really bad.

  • Good Health Articles  - MSG should be banned

    MSG should be banned everywhere as it does no good but creates problems for everyone. There should be strict penalties for those using MSG or any other name in the food.

  • beth o

    Its scary to know that majority of the foods that are sold in the stores I go to are filled with msg and I unknowingly eat these products. I suffer from anxiety attacks and I've read that MSG can be an cause of it and numerous other health conditions.. So why is the fda not imposing stricker regulations?? Most people dont know the aliases used to hide MSG in our foods and its unfair to the consumer. I dont understand how anyone can find the truth offensive. We have the right to know what is really in our food.

  • jim  - FDA today

    To "beth o". After years of careful observation and thought, my current opinion is that the FDA today occasionally provides protection to consumers, but more often does worse than nothing, by rubber-stamping (approving) items that clearly cause harm and even death.

    It is a sad state, but not too surprising when you look at the career paths of those who staff the FDA - careers both before their time w/the FDA, and afterwards.

    FDA approval today is little more than a marketing strategy, unfortunately. You just have to tune it out and make your own assessments.

    Best of luck!


  • Laurie Hardin  - OMG...senomyx

    So, if I understand what I read at, they could treat a piece of human feces so it would taste like a Snickers bar, or perhaps blueberries. This technology is disgusting. The only reason this would be necessary is because of poor quality, tasteless food. Stop the world, I wanna get off.

  • Cissy Robertson  - to beth o

    Think about it. The FOOD & DRUG add. its all in the title. You eat there FOOD (they make money off you buying there food), you get sick. Now your sick, you take there DRUGS (they make money off you buying there DRUGS). You get sicker (side effects). You need more DRUGS (the make money off you buying more drugs) And the government does nothing because they need the population to go down because there are to many people in the world today, And if they can make you die before retirement, thats even better (for them.) The government does not want a bunch of healthy, intelligent, able body people that could rise up and do something about it.

    Suport your local organic farmers. And grow a non GMO garden.

    PS I love your site. Don't change a thing. You get right to the point, and tell the truth, what more could you ask for.

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