Hidden Sources of Processed Free Glutamic ACID (MSG)
OF PROCESSED FREE GLUTAMIC ACID (MSG)
NAMES OF INGREDIENTS THAT CONTAIN ENOUGH MSG
TO SERVE AS COMMON MSG-REACTION TRIGGERSThe MSG-reaction is a reaction to
free glutamic acid that occurs in food as a consequence of manufacture.
MSG-sensitive people do not react to protein (which contains bound glutamic
acid) or any of the minute amounts of free glutamic acid that might be
found in unadulterated, unfermented, food.
These ALWAYS contain MSG
Glutamate Glutamic acid Gelatin
Monosodium glutamate Calcium caseinate Textured protein
Monopotassium glutamate Sodium caseinate Yeast nutrient
Yeast extract Yeast food Autolyzed yeast
(any protein that is hydrolyzed) Hydrolyzed corn gluten
These OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing
Carrageenan Maltodextrin Malt extract
Natural pork flavoring Citric acid Malt flavoring
Bouillon and Broth Natural chicken flavoring Soy protein isolate
Natural beef flavoring Ultra-pasteurized Soy sauce
Stock Barley malt Soy sauce extract
Whey protein concentrate Pectin Soy protein
Whey protein Protease Soy protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate Protease enzymes Anything protein fortified
Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s) Anything enzyme modified Anything fermented
& flavoring(s) Enzymes anything Seasonings
(the word "seasonings")
The new game is to label hydrolyzed proteins as pea protein, whey protein,
corn protein, etc. If a pea, for example, were whole, it would be
identified as a pea. Calling an ingredient pea protein indicates that the
pea has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic
acid (MSG) is present. Relatively new to the list are wheat protein and soy
Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are expensive food additives that
work synergistically with inexpensive MSG. Their use suggests that the
product has MSG in it. They would probably not be used as food additives if
there were no MSG present.
MSG reactions have been reported to soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and
cosmetics, where MSG is hidden in ingredients that include the words
"hydrolyzed," "amino acids," and "protein."
Low fat and no fat milk products often include milk solids that contain MSG.
Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are potential sources of hidden MSG and of
aspartame and neotame. Aspartic acid, found in neotame and aspartame
(NutraSweet), ordinarily causes MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people.
Aspartame is found in some medications, including children's medications.
Neotame is relatively new and we have not yet seen it used widely. 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.
According to the manufacturer, Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella
Virus Live), contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin both of
which contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) which causes brain lesions
in young laboratory animals, and causes endocrine disturbances like OBESITY
and REPRODUCTIVE disorders later in life. It would appear that most, if
not all, live virus vaccines contain MSG.
Reactions to MSG are dose related, i.e., some people react to even very
small amounts. MSG-induced reactions may occur immediately after ingestion
or after as much as 48 hours.
Note: There are additional ingredients that appear to cause MSG reactions
in ACUTELY sensitive people. A list is available at
Remember: By FDA definition, all MSG is "naturally occurring." "Natural"
doesn't mean "safe." "Natural" only means that the ingredient started out