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Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods

From the book 'Excitotoxins - The Taste That Kills'

By Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD


What if someone were to tell you that a chemical (MSG) added to food could cause brain damage in your children, and that this chemical could effect how your children's nervous systems formed during development so that in later years they may have learning or emotional difficulties?

What if there was scientific evidence that these chemicals could permanently damage a critical part of the brain known to control hormones so that later in life your child might have endocrine problems? How would you feel?

Suppose evidence was presented to you strongly suggesting that the artificial sweetener in your diet soft drink may cause brain tumors to develop, and that the number of brain tumors reported since the introduction of this widespread introduction of this artificial sweetener has risen dramatically? Would that affect your decision to drink these products and especially to allow your children to drink them? What if you could be shown overwhelming evidence that one of the main ingredients in this sweetener (aspartate) could cause the same brain lesions as MSG? Would that affect your buying decisions?

And finally, what if it could be demonstrated that all of these types of chemicals, called excitotoxins, could possibly aggravate or even precipitate many of today's epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, ALS, and Alzheimer's disease? Would you be concerned if you knew that these excitotoxin food additives are a particular risk if you have diabetes, or have ever had a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor, seizure, or have suffered from hypertension, meningitis, or viral encephalitis?

Would you also be upset to learn that many of the brain lesions caused by these products in your children are irreversible and can result from a SINGLE exposure of these products in sufficient concentration?

How would you feel when you learn the food industry hides and disguises these excitotoxin additives (MSG and Aspartate) so they can't be recognized? Incredulous? Enraged? The fact is many foods are labeled as having "No MSG" but in fact not only contain MSG but also are laced with other excitotoxins of equal potency and danger.

All of the above are true. And all of these well known brain toxins are poured into our food and drink by the thousands of tons to boost sales. These additives have NO OTHER purpose other than to enhance to TASTE of food and the SWEETNESS of various diet products.

Hidden Sources Of MSG

As discussed previously, the glutamate (MSG) manufacturers and the processed food industries are always on a quest to disguise the MSG added to food. Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised MSG. Remember also that the powerful excitotoxins, aspartate and L-cystine, are frequently added to foods and according to FDA rules require NO LABELING AT ALL.

* Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG *

Monosodium Glutamate

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Hydrolyzed Protein

Hydrolyzed Plant Protein

Plant Protein Extract

Sodium Caseinate

Calcium Caseinate

Yeast Extract

Textured Protein (Including TVP)

Autolyzed Yeast

Hydrolyzed Oat Flour

Corn Oil

* Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG *

Malt Extract

Malt Flavoring





Natural Flavors/Flavoring

Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring



* Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins *



Soy Protein Concentrate

Soy Protein Isolate

Whey Protein Concentrate

Also: Protease Enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino acids from food proteins.

Aspartame - An Intense Source Of Excitotoxins

Aspartame is a sweetener made from two amino acids, phenylalanine and the excitotoxin aspartate. It should be avoided at all costs. Aspartame complaints accounts for approximately 70% of ALL complaints to the FDA. It is implicated in everything from blindness to headaches to convulsions. Sold under dozens of brand names such as NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame breaks down within 20 minutes at room temperature into several primary toxic and dangerous ingredients:

1. DKP (diketopiperazine) (When ingested, converts to a near duplicate of

a powerful brain tumor causing agent)

2. Formic Acid (ant venom)

3. Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)

4. Methanol (causes blindness...extremely dangerous substance)

Common Examples:

Diet soft drinks, sugar free gums, sugar free Kool Aid, Crystal Light, childrens' medications, and thousands of other products claiming to be 'low calorie', 'diet', or 'sugar free'.

A Final Note...

Dr. Blaylock recounted a meeting with a senior executive in the food additive industry who told him point blank that these excitotoxins are going to be in our food no matter how many name changes are necessary...


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BUt what are the numbers though? I mean - I could get lung cancer being in a bar or club. Or I could get hit by a car walking down the street.

I guess it depends on whether one outweights the gains (pleasures) over the negatives. For me, I like the flavoring too much to give it up...unless its proven that there is a high risk of disease.

Same with drinking and other stuff - there is always the very not insiginificant probability that I could die from it, but I take the risks for my pleasure. Stupid, maybe, but oh well.

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Originally posted by sassa

i don't know about you guys, but this scares me....

what if any future illnesses you might have could have been avoided if you didn't eat a certain food? WTF?

i totally agree with you. for years, i was addicted to diet soda, drinking about 6-8 small bottles of diet soda a day, but i was having these nagging headaches. my doctor couldnt figure out what the problem was, and he was going to send me to a specialist. around the same time, my best friend emailed me an article on the hazards of ingesting aspartame or other artificial sweeteners. i was convinced that this was the cause of my headaches, since the my symptoms matched the article. so i went off diet soda, which was really difficult. and i got better, the headaches went away, and in about a month of not ingesting aspartmae or any diet soda, i was old healthy self again. never again will i touch the shit.

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this is also why i refuse to eat in restaurants for the most part (unless i know how they cook it, with what ingredients, and where they come from) and fast food places. you never know what is in the meat or rice....

not worth the future health risks in my opinion.

but what's scary to me is that everything seems to be tainted. from pesticides in vegetables/fruits, hormone pumped meat, genetically altered grain. what exactly is natural in the true sense anymore?

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omg, restaurants are another topic for discussion. besides not knowing what their putting in our food, some of the people making the food are disgusting. i used to work at a hotel in jersey, and the things i heard that were being done to customers food was unbelievable, especially if you pissed the waiter/waitress off before you got the food. thats why i get pissed whenever my gf makes any little complaint to our server about her food when we go out. its russian roulette.

how can we protect ourselves, we cant, otherwise we'd never leave our homes.

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