Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Hidden names of MSG – be informed!

MSG is a neurotoxin and excitotoxin that over excites the cells in the brain so that food tastes better.  Due to MSG, the cells die off from overexcitation. Some people get reactions after eating the food ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG) – reactions that include migraine headaches, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or mood swings.  Even if you don’t get a reaction, the MSG neurotoxin is still unhealthy for the body.  MSG is also implicated in weight gain because it alters the body’s adipose tissue.  Scientists purposefully feed MSG to lab specimens to cause them to become overweight in order to study obesity.  This is known as MSG-induced obesity.

More than 40 different ingredients contain the chemical in monosodium glutamate (processed free glutamic acid).   Many of the hidden names listed below will surprise you.

Ingredients that ALWAYS contain processed free glutamic acid:

Glutamic acid (E 620),

Glutamate (E 620)

Monosodium glutamate (E 621)

Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)

Calcium glutamate (E 623)

Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)

Magnesium glutamate (E 625)

Natrium glutamate

Yeast extract

Anything “hydrolyzed’

Any “hydrolyzed protein”

Calcium caseinate

Sodium caseinate

Yeast food

Yeast nutrient

Autolyzed yeast


Textured protein



Ingredients that OFTEN contain or produce processed free glutamic acid

(may or may not be a problem) :

Carrageenan (E 407)

Bouillon and broth stock

Whey protein concentrate

Whey protein isolate

Any “flavors” or “flavoring”


Citric acid (E 330)

Anything “ultra-pasteurized”

Barley malt

Pectin (E 440)


Anything “enzyme modified”

Anything containing”enzymes”

Malt extract

Soy sauce

Soy sauce extract

Soy protein

Soy protein concentrate

Soy protein isolate

Anything “protein fortified”

Anything “fermented”


Ingredients that  work  synergistically  with  MSG  to  enhance  flavor.    If  they  are  present  for  flavoring   purposes,  so  is  MSG.

Disodium 5-­guanylate  (E  627)

Disodium 5-­inosinate  (E-­‐631)

Disodium  5′-­ribonucleotides  (E  635)

Ingredients  that are suspected  of  containing  or  creating sufficient  processed  free  glutamic  acid  to  serve   as  MSG-­reaction triggers, only in  HIGHLY  SENSITIVE  people:

Corn  starch

Corn  syrup

Modified  food  starch

Lipolyzed  butter  fat


Rice  syrup

brown  rice  syrup

Milk  powder

Reduced  fat  milk  (e.g..,  skim  milk;  1%  milk;  2%  milk)

most  things  low  fat  or  no  fat

anything  Enriched  or  Vitamin  enriched

Last updated June, 2010 from Truth in Labeling Campaign (


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    Wow! Good to know!

  2. Pui Yee Law says:

    wow, good to know. It is still a myth to me that why non-fat, low fat…etc still taste so good. Probably, I should buy all food with natural flavor from now on, to avoid hidden msg.

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