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Silent killer (MSG) - Why Maggi was banned?


How was MSG born

The story goes like this:-

In the early 1900s, a Japanese chemist Dr. Kikunae lkede isolated and identified the flavor enhancing component in seaweed – glutamate - that made his wife’s soups and broths so tasty. Thus monosodium glutamate was born.

It is a sodium salt of Glutamic acid. It is a processed food and pharmaceutical additive that is an extremely dangerous neurotoxin. It is neither a nutrient nor a vitamin and has absolutely no health benefits.

It is also popularly known as Ajinomoto. It is used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer. Pure MSG is reported not to have any pleasant taste until it is combined with a savory aroma. It is commonly added to Chinese food, canned food, canned vegetables soups,  processed meats, sausages , potato chips etc. It is the cheapest way to enhance the flavor of any food item.

 The small amount in any one food will not be a problem. But if small amounts are in several common foods  that are consumed daily,  the problem moves to much greater scale.  

 Its common adverse reactions are:-

- Headache

- Drowsiness

- Sweating

- Nausea


- Rapid heartbeat

- Chest pain

In daily life we might attribute running nose or an itchy throat to a  dust allergy. But it could actually be a reaction to MSG.

It could be difficult to find out if the ingredient actually has MSG or not . Many ingredient suppliers have started using the synonyms for MSG in printed ingredient list . It has yet managed to stay on in the food market under different names .  Manufacturers may use such names as sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed yeast , hydrolyzed vegetable protein yeast extract, soy extract etc.

These chemicals cross the blood brain barrier to over stimulate the neurons of brain. it has the effect of destroying some neurons permanently , causing a variety of mental issues including a permanent loss of intelligence.  

Some tips to reduce the effects of MSG :-

Avoid processed and packaged foods, pre-cooked soups, salad dressings , sauces, flavored chips, flavored crackers and nuts etc.

Stay away from products that have chemically laced ingredient list a mile long.

Avoid  Asian and Chinese foods unless you make it yourself or know with absolute certainly that the restaurant does not use MSG.                   

Cream of tartar :- when mixed with water, cream of tartar will immediately neutralize MSG poisoning. Mix ½ tea spoon in 350 ml of water.                                    

Drink water :- flush your system by drinking lots of clean water after consuming food with MSG.

Lemonade can also be taken to clean and detoxify the body. 

Limit sodium intake as much as possible until your symptoms go away. Sodium encourages water retention , which will prevent the MSG from being quickly and efficiently flushed out of your body.

Avoid highly processed  and flavored snack food ,carbonated drinks .

The only sure way I know to avoid MSG is to cook food yourself at home.

Dr. Suman Setia@foodclinic.in

Last Modified: June 13, 2015 05:54 PM
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