Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a white crystalline substance, is a sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid used as a flavor enhancer in almost all processed foods such as salad dressings, sauces and even baby formulas. Foods may contain one or more forms of glutamate. Some major chain resturants also add MSG into their food.
MSG, as well as apartame, are both harmful because they are excitatory neuro-transmitters or excitotoxins that “excite” or stimulate our brain cells to the point of death. Neuro-transmitters in the brain bring about the transmission of information from neuron to neuron and too much of glutamate (or aspartame) in the brain will kill certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which destroy the cells. Which means, excitotoxins kill our brain cells!
Nearly all formulas contain high levels of highly processed milk and soy protein. The processing breaks down those two proteins, releasing high levels of glutamate and aspartate.
Since the 1950s, the Food and Drug Administration has considered MSG to be safe even though a large volume of research warns of its harmful side effects. There are no restrictions or warnings on MSG.
Scientists have warned that MSG has been linked to heart and brain damage, cancer, infertility and obesity. Glutamate gets into the blood quickly and stays there. Moderate to elevated blood glutamate levels will harm because specific organs have biological triggers called glutamate receptors. Animal studies in 2006 found that glutamate raises free radicals that attack blood vessels, weaken arteries and promote blood clots, resulting in heart attacks and strokes. Glutamate receptors on the lungs can worsen asthma. These receptors are also on the pancreas (where insulin is produced) which can lead to diabetes or lost of diabetic control once diabetes is present. Researchers have found that many cancers have glutamate receptors, which means a diet with glutamate will encourage cancer cells to multiply rapidly.
One of the other frightening effects of MSG is that it preferentially produces visceral fat. That is the harmful fat found deep in the abdomen.
Glutamate receptors are also found in the spleen, liver, heart, brain, immune system and arteries.
To counteract MSG effects, choose fruits and vegetables that have high antioxidants which will diffuse MSG. Foods like dark green vegetables which contain magnesium can block MSG from the glutamate receptors.
Source: CBN News, 17 May 2007
Chapter: MSG :: 5 September 2007