MSG-Free Diet Plan
I didn’t mention MSG free when talking about our new healthy diet plan because I assumed it was a given to remove. Anyone trying to change to a healthy lifestyle knows that they need to eliminate MSG from their diet.
Primer: MSG stands for monosodium glutamate. It basically is a result of breaking down proteins. I used to think it was primarily associated with Chinese food but have since found that it is a common food additive in most processed foods.
So what is the big deal?
According to John Erb, author of “The Slow Poisoning of America”, MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.
MSG can result in side effects from mild headaches and indigestion to chronic migraines, depression, obesity and possibly even seizures by over stimulating brain neurons.
How do I avoid MSG?
A good rule of thumb is to avoid all processed foods. Now that may seem a bit extreme. You can also read the labels but you need to be aware that there are many ingredient to look for:
- monosodium glutamate
- textured protein
- hydrolyzed protein
- monopotassium glutamate
- glutamic acid
- yeast extract
- hydrolyzed corn gluten
- calcium caseinate
- sodium caseinate
- yeast food / yeast nutrient / autolyzed yeast
- natrium glutamate
I will do more research on this but for a start, if you suspect any food allergies, then cut out all MSG!