The following are ingredients
suspected of containing or creating sufficient MSG to serve as MSG-reaction
triggers in HIGHLY SENSITIVE people:
|Citric acid (citrate)
Modified food starch
Lipolyzed butter fat
|Rice syrup, brown rice syrup
Reduced fat milk (e.g.., skim milk; 1% milk; 2% milk)
anything Enriched or Vitamin enriched
anything Protein fortified
most things low fat or no fat
any ingredient or product that is fermented
Binders, fillers, and/or carriers (used in "enriched" products, for example), and flowing agents, may contain MSG, but are not always mentioned on labels. In pharmaceuticals, these ingredients are usually listed in product inserts under "inert ingredients."
The food ingredient "monosodium glutamate" should not be found in, or on, products labeled "ORGANIC." However, MSG-containing ingredients such as autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, and citric acid are found in some "organic" products; and "hydrolyzed" ingredients are being used in some "organic" fertilizers. "Organic" does not mean free of MSG.
MSG-type reactions have been reported following ingestion of fish, seafood, and poultry, rinsed with phosphates. A phosphate rinse for meat is also available. Rinses are not mentioned on food labels.
There have been some reports of reactions to some sugar, some salt, and to meat that has been wrapped in cryovac (a thick, viscous plastic).
Just as poultry can be "basted" with an MSG-containing substance, meat can be injected with MSG. Some restaurants use basted steaks.
When "broth" is sold as "broth," its ingredients must be listed on its label. However, when "broth" (or any other product) is used AS AN INGREDIENT IN SOMETHING ELSE, its ingredients do not have to be disclosed.
Salad mix and prewashed vegetables may have been rinsed with citric acid.
MSG has been found in wax used on some raw (non-organic)
Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are also potential sources of hidden MSG. Also, aspartic acid, found in aspartame (NutraSweet) may cause MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people, depending on their tolerance levels. Aspartame is found in some medications, INCLUDING CHILDREN'S MEDICATIONS. Check with your pharmacist.
Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements, both prescription and non-prescription, enteral feeding materials, and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals may contain MSG.
Many multi-vitamins include minerals that are chelated with an amino acid. This is also true of individual minerals. Avoid minerals with names that include the words “glutamate,” “aspartate,” or “citrate.” Also avoid minerals with names that include a parenthesis or footnote which state “an amino acid chelate,” “an aminoate complex,” “chelated with a protein,” or “chelated with a hydrolyzed protein.”
Chicken Pox vaccine and other vaccines contain MSG, most often in "hidden" forms.
Reactions have been reported to produce that has been
fertilized or sprayed with MSG. AuxiGro is a spray that contains more than
29.2% MSG. California has approved spraying WINE GRAPES and a number
of other crops with AuxiGro, i.e., with MSG.
There are very few processed foods that acutely sensitive
MSG-sensitive individuals have been able to eat without having adverse
reactions. We mention the following because we have had no reports of adverse
reactions from acutely sensitive individuals.
Avoid making stews or soups, or using a crock pot. (The extended cooking time tends to break down protein into individual amino acids.) Be aware that some shrimp and other shell fish may have been dipped in trisodium phosphate, a product that has been known to cause MSG-type reactions in MSG-sensitive people. (Farm raised shrimp are usually all right). Trisodium phosphate may also be found in chicken parts that were not broken down from whole chickens in the store where they were purchased, and on major brand chickens. Individuals who have reported reacting to Perdue and Tyson chickens have recommended purchasing regional brands of chickens rather than chickens from large national producers.
Avoid anything with aspartame. It works on the body in the same manner as does processed free glutamic acid (MSG). The new sweetener, Neotame, is a reformulated aspartame and should also be avoided.
This information has been prepared for individuals who have very little or no tolerance for processed free glutamic acid (MSG). It should be used in combination with the list of ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) that is found on our Web page at www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html.