Well, appetite is about the only thing you’ll get from it. If the abbreviation doesn’t send chills down your spine, it should. It stands for Monosodium glutamate and you can most often find it in foods that tastes so good you can’t stop eating them aka it makes food taste better than it is, masking low quality, and making you want to consume more. FDA says it’s “generally recognized as safe” which is quite a horrific thing.

What is MSG (Monosodium glutamate)? As dr. Berg explains, glutamate alone is a naturally occurring thing, an amino acid that could be found in most foods we consume and the body has about 4-5 pounds of it built into its tissues, but in 1909 there was some foul play. The amino acid was tampered with and resulted in MSG, now showed into everything flavour enhancer that tricks your taste buds and makes you crave and consume more. It raises your blood sugar by 300% and in the presence of insulin all 6 fat burning hormones you need to take energy from your own fat reserves are fully blocked. Hello belly fat. Does it kick you out of ketosis? Yes and also, in animal studies so far, it is directly linked to the type 2 diabetes, shown to cause obesity and a threefold increase in insulin, it causes oxidative damage to the brain, kidneys, nerves and retina and it induces memory and learning problems.

If you can’t believe something is this good and find yourself craving more, chances are it really is not that good and you’ve just been bamboozled by MSG. If you were to look at a normal untampered glutamate it is a L-Glutamic acid and it cannot stand alone. It is bound to protein and, as it gets absorbed you get a normal blood sugar raise as you would by eating a balanced meal (most foods except pure fats contain L-glutamic acid, and pure fats don’t raise blood sugars). MSG on the other hand is D-glutamic acid. It is unbound and goes into the body instantly. There is also no off switch and the body doesn’t recognize it as nutrition since it is not bound to a macronutrient and therefore can’t send a signal that you’ve eaten enough so you just keep eating. It stimulates serotonin and makes you addicted to the taste.
Monosodium glutamate is artificially made, it doesn’t occur in nature but most of the things in the grocery store are loaded with it, There’s another catch – If it was just used in processing it doesn’t necessarily have to be on the label as MSG so on the labels you’ll see things like modified food starch, E621, natural flavours, flavourings, vegetable broth, textured vegetable protein, maltodextrin, bouillon cube, autolyzed yeast, protein isolates, smoke flavourings, gelatines, imitation of soy or some other similar nonsense. It’s MSG.

If you find yourselves getting bloated, retaining water, breaking up in hives, feeling itchy, experiencing mood swings or extreme irritability, having aches in pains (in joints especially) or with a headache every time after earrings some foods, it’s very likely you’re reacting to the MSG “generally recognized as safe”. Think twice when buying food, read the labels like your life depends on it (it does). What gets bought will keep being put on the market and where you put your money matters. Every grocery shop visit is like a ballot of what you’re choosing to be done to you and your families.