MSG Woes

I’ve found another favorite food that I can’t eat any more due to my MSG sensitivity.  Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls!  What’s wrong with simply using flour, sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar, yeast and salt? I think that’s pretty much all that’s in a good cinnamon roll. Why do you need all the dozens of additives? It’s already a refrigerated product… Why poison us?

Not everyone has these reactions but I have had them all my life. I’m not the only one.

I’ve been doing some research into the different names for MSG and here’s a partial list from Hungry for Change:

Hidden Names For MSG And Free Glutamic Acid:

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid.

  • Glutamic Acid (E 620)2
  • 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
  • Gelatin
  • Textured Protein
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein Isolate
  • Anything :protein
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto
Names of ingredients that often contain or produce processed free glutamic acid
  • Carrageenan (E 407)
  • Bouillon and broth
  • Stock
  • Any flavors or flavoring
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric acid, Citrate (E 330)
  • Anything ultra-pasteurized
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin (E 440)
  • Protease
  • Anything enzyme modified
  • Anything containing enzymes
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Anything protein fortified
  • Seasonings

Glutamic acid found in unadulterated “whole food” protein does not cause adverse reactions. To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been processed/manufactured or come from protein that has been fermented. (Sneaky Names For MSG (Check Your Labels!) Article | Hungry For Change)

Some of the symptoms of MSG sensitivity I get – generally within a few moments of eating anything with MSG (I know immediately it’s an MSG reaction due to these symptoms) are headache (massive), flashing behind my eyes, numbness in my left arm, and left side of the face, inflammation, tingling in my hands and lips, palpitations, shoulder soreness, some nausea depending on how much is accidentally ingested.

These reactions are not my fault, I didn’t ask to ingest the toxins. This is the fault of our food chain and the fact that the FDA doesn’t really care what we eat. It has classified MSG as generally ‘safe’ to consume. Not everyone has these reactions – and I truly wish I was one of those people!

So I’m drinking my migraine tea for the headache, but it doesn’t help the other symptoms.

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