For those of you who think “Chinese restaurant syndrome” or “migraine headache” when you think of MSG, it’s time to think again.
Instead, think brain damage, neurodegenerative disease, atrial fibrillation, seizures, and stroke, and put down that so-called “food” loaded with chemicals and flavor enhancers.
Then consider attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), muscle pain and autism, and don’t allow your children or grandchildren to consume snacks, protein drinks, or processed foods loaded with MSG.
The database at the National Library of Medicine (at pubmed.gov) testifies to the fact that there are abnormalities, disease and disability, with which MSG is associated. As of November 8, 2019, 3,049 citations were returned when “monosodium glutamate-induced” was searched. From that source we know that at minimum, diabetes, muscle pain, atrial fibrillation, ischemia, trauma, seizures, stroke, headaches, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), epilepsy, addiction, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), frontotemporal dementia, and autism are conditions with which glutamate circulating within the body has been found to be associated.
Pressure from agents of the glutamate industry to keep any suggestion of MSG toxicity out of the media and out of the medical literature has been remarkably successful. Not since 1991, when 60 Minutes ran a story about MSG , has there been mention in any major media in the U.S. dealing with MSG that was not approved by the glutamate industry. (In contrast, the same has not been true of India and Pakistan where use of MSG in food is banned.)
And while there are studies related to the toxicity of glutamate, with the exception of John Olney’s work there has been little consideration that the ingestion of MSG might play a role in the creation of abnormalities, except in studies done outside of the U.S. By and large, it has only been MSG research that proclaims the safety of MSG that has been published in medical journals.
If you’re reading the medical literature and are one of the rare people who might read through an entire study, you’ll sometimes find warnings of the toxic effects of MSG. A few studies that include warnings are listed below:
Now think about this: If MSG wasn’t harmful, it wouldn’t be hidden.
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