Monosodium glutamate is one of the more controversial food additives on the market. The Food and Drug Administration has listed this sweetening agent as "generally safe." Here at books-empower.com, we tend to take a longer look at things. Especially as it pertains to our mission statement. When we hear of possible causes of cardiovascular system disease, "generally safe" makes us wonder.
Monosodium glutamate and it's close relative aspartame are listed as excitotoxins. The last part of that name makes me want to know more right away. Anything with toxin in it's name should send up a red flag.
The federal government has given MSG a pass as far as labeling requirements. Unless a certain food has 99% pure monosodium glutamate in it, that food manufacturer can list MSG by any name they wish. Here are some favorite aliases to hide the actual content:
* vegetable protein
* whey protein
* natural flavoring
* soy protein concentrate
* hydrolyzed protein
You won't find too much negative news about any excitotoxin. The food industry spends billions of dollars on advertising. Not many media outlets would risk the loss of those heavy advertising dollars for something as insignificant as long term health risks. (Written in a very facetious tone.)
MSG is a sort of concentrated salt. It is added to nearly all processed foods. In fact, it actually is a processed food that usually comes from sugar beets. It is a very low cost food additive so the food industry can use lower quality food and just dump in this unnatural sweetener. It is listed as a flavor enhancer. It actually acts as a sort of manipulator of your tongue causing a reaction to seek out more of this taste.
MSG is included in the list of six very dangerous ingredients that are destroying the health of nations hooked on processed food. And that processed food is the profit driver of many interlinked industries. You'll find information within the page directory, located in the left margin on these six ingredients to avoid.
These half dozen dangerous additives or lab created food dangers include:
* High fructose corn syrup
* Refined white flour
* Refined white sugar
* Artificial sweeteners
* Trans fats
* Monosodium glutamate
I've also added a link to some more important data from Dr. David Samadi. It is really up to all of us to become better informed about what is in our food. I'll touch on that a little more near the end of this page.
MSG has been linked more and more to the obesity epidemic in America. As far back as 1968, research by Dr. John Olney indicated that MSG caused lab rats to gain weight very quickly. It became so predictable that many scientists add MSG to rat's diets to make them obese in order to study the disease.
Obesity is an end result of most excitotoxins. And since our younger generation is bombarded with processed foods loaded with these excitotoxins, there is pretty good evidence of one of the culprits.
MSG is beginning to be linked to type 2 diabetes and hypertension; topics we've also covered at books-empower.com. Higher LDL counts are also noted in diets high in foods containing monosodium glutamate and aspartame.
And still another heart health killer can find part of it's origin in excitotoxin foods. Arteriosclerosis is an end result of diets very high in MSG and other artificial additives.
Are we looking at a possibility of a huge increase in heart attacks and strokes attacking much younger people? Have you noticed the numbers of young, seemingly fit and strong athletes dying from sudden cardiac events?
As we've learned from Dr. David Perlmutter in "Grain Brain," type 2 diabetes is being linked along with heart disease to the increase in dementia related illness. The more we learn about MSG and the processed food industry in general, the clearer it becomes that our overall health has been hijacked by the clever methods of disguising health dangers to support corporate profits.
Monsanto is an industry leader in pesticides. It is also an industry leader in producing seeds used to grow genetically modified food. In particular, sugar beets.
Sugar beets are a main ingredient in monosodium glutamate. Monsanto has very deep pockets and obviously a vested interest in keeping any proof of long term heart health dangers out of public conversation.
It's no coincidence that makers of MSG have aligned themselves with the companies that produce or use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. And these groups have joined forces with members of the Monsanto conspiracy to fight any efforts to require full disclosure of what they are really doing to the health of the world.
They've had a fairly unimpeded road to massive profits with limited oversight, in particular within the American and Canadian borders. There have been plenty of studies and clear evidence of dangers.
But successful lobbying and strategic placement of certain elected officials on congressional sub-committees has shielded this alliance of artificial food producers.
The creation of the "deputy commissioner" position within the FDA was one of the biggest accomplishments for the groups trying to keep the profits flowing.
One would assume that such a position holder would seek to prove through independent testing whether food additives were actually safe. That little dilemma was solved when Michael Taylor was named to that position.
Prior to taking that job, Michael Taylor traveled back and forth between jobs with Monsanto and various government agencies. Such a revolving door is pretty convenient for those companies fighting truth in labeling and defining "research." Crony capitalism on display as congress misses the obvious.
It is up to us to seek out better information. Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote a book about the dangers of certain food additives titled, " Excitoxicity: The Taste That Kills." As with so many other man-made health dangers that probably started with good intentions, we need to be very aware of what we are eating. Once again, I'd strongly suggest you read Dr. David Kessler's book, "The End Of Overeating." You'll learn a lot more about the darker side of food industry operations. This excellent edition is included in our list of classic books.
This topic is so important that we've put together a three part series which details how we've been programmed and coerced to bypass better food choices and instead return to the aisles and menu options that cause chronic disease, but also increase corporate profit margins.
The least expensive food choice could end up being the most expensive choice. Just like the old Fram oil filter commercial. "You can pay me now or pay me later."
Later always costs more and hurts much more.