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Why Ban MSG

Ban MSG | 04.01.2013 15:41 | Animal Liberation | Ecology | Health | Cambridge | London

Monosodium glutamate is a poison. While it used
to be called the cause of Chinese headache syndrome... it is unfair to Chinese restaurants not using MSG to link MSG only to certain Chinese
restaurants and not to thousands of corporate foods.

Despite the assertions of penguin harming animal researcher Peter Barham that monosodium glutamate is not harmful, the same Peter Barham who collaborates with those who serve duck flesh and bacon icecream, it is decidedly bad.

One need only look at the power of the food industry and the corporations which use MSG which the FDA allows to be labeled 'natural flavor' to understand that 'professor' Barham is a paid hack.

MSG is used as a meat tenderizer because it breaks down nerve and muscle cells (in humans as well as animals).

These companies below use MSG

Dairy Management Inc.
The Mushroom Council
Ajinomoto Food Ingredients

The following foods contain MSG or its business end - the free amino acid glutamate - in amounts large enough to cause reactions in those sensitive to it.:

Taste No 5 Umami Paste ® MSG disguised as a substitute for MSG. A travesty of misleading labeling and marketing.
"Low Sodium" or "Sea Salt" products now often have L-Glutamate added straight (without sodium) or freed during processing to act as a salt substitute to get a "clean label" without MSG on it. (Never mind that GLUTAMATE raises blood pressure)
Taco Bell® - seasoned meat - contains autolyzed yeast - which contains free glutamate
Other menu items that contain soy sauce, natural flavors, autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein which can contain up to 20% free glutamic acid - the active part of MSG.
Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles® (targeted towards children)
Campbell's® soups - all of them - based on their commitment to add "umami" (read - MSG) to their products
Pringles® (the flavored varieties)
Cold cuts - Boars Head - even the "low sodium" varieties with the "heart healthy" logos.
Nathan's® Hotdogs
Progresso® Soups - all of them
Lipton® Noodles and Sauce
Lipton® Instant soup mix
Unilever or Knorr® products - often used in homemade Veggie dips.
Kraft® products nearly all contain some free glutamate
Gravy Master®
Cup-a-soup® or Cup-o-Noodles®
Planters® salted nuts - most of them
Accent® -this is nearly pure MSG
Braggs® Liquid Aminos - sold at Whole Foods
Hodgson Mill Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour®
Tangle extract (seaweed extract) - found in sushi rolls (even at Whole Foods) Seaweed is what MSG was first isolated from.
Fish extract - made from decomposed fish protein - used now in Japanese sushi dishes - very high in free glutamate.
sausages - most supermarkets add MSG to theirs
processed cheese spread
supermarket poultry or turkeys that are injected or "self-basting"
Stop and Shop All Natural rotisserie chicken with "natural flavors", sea salt, carageenan (seaweed) AND chicken broth.
restaurant gravy from food service cans
flavored ramen noodles
boullion - any kind
instant soup mixes
many salad dressings
most salty, powdered dry food mixes - read labels
flavored potato chips
restaurant soups made from food service soup base or with added MSG
monopotassium glutamate
glutamic acid
hydrolyzed gelatin - found in VACCINES - is 10% free glutamate by weight
hydrolyzed vegetable protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
hydrolyzed plant protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
autolyzed yeast (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, read labels)
sodium caseinate
textured protein
beet juice - it is used as a coloring, but MSG is manufactured from beets and the extract may contain free glutamic acid - Yo Baby - organic baby yogurt has just changed the formula to include beet extract
yeast extract
yeast food or nutrient
soy protein isolate
soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Kombu extract
dry milk and whey powder
"natural flavors" - may contain up to 20% MSG
dough conditioners
malted barley
malted barley flour - found in many supermarket breads and all-purpose flours including: King Arthur, Heckers, and Gold Medal flour
body builder drink powders containing protein
Parmesan cheese - naturally high in free glutamate
over-ripe tomatoes - naturally high in free glutamate
mushrooms - naturally high in free glutamate
Medications in gelcaps - contain free glutamic acid in the gelatin
Cosmetics and shampoos - some now contain glutamic acid
Fresh produce sprayed with Auxigro in the field." This list above is from

The website says that KFC is the worst offender of all putting MSG in

Roasted Ceasar Salad (WITHOUT dressing and croutons)
Crispy Ceasar Salad (WITHOUT dressing)
Roasted BLT Salad (WITHOUT dressing)
Crispy BLT Salad (WITHOUT dressing
Hidden Valley - The Original Fat Free Ranch Dressing
KFC Creamy Parmesan Ceasar Dressing - contains parmesan cheese - very high in MSG naturally
KFC Garlic Parmesan Croutons Pouch - contains parmesan cheese - very high in MSG naturally
KFC Famous Bowls - Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
KFC Famous Bowls - Rice with Gravy
Seasoned Rice
KFC Snacker - Chicken
KFC Snacker - Honey BBQ
Honey BBQ Sandwich
Double Crunch Sandwich
Crispy Twister
Oven Roasted Twister
Oven Roasted Twister (WITHOUT sauce)
Tender Roast Sandwich
Tender Roast Sandwich(WITHOUT sauce)
Original Recipe Chicken (its in the marinade - it's literally soaked in MSG and salt)
Extra Crispy - MSG is in both the marinade AND the breading
Colonel's Crispy Strips
Popcorn Chicken
Chicken Pot Pie
Boneless HBBQ Wings
Boneless Fiery Buffalo Wings
Sweet and Spicy Boneless Wings
Hot Wings
Green Beans (yeah, this shocked us too)
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Potato Wedges

McDonald's foods containing MSG
Grilled Chicken Filet
Hot and Spicy Chicken Patty
Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad
Grilled Chicken California Cobb Salad
Seasoned Beef
Sausage Scrambled Egg Mix, Sausage, and Sausage Patty
French Fries - the "seasoning" added to the oil the fries are precooked in.

The "seasoning" is made from beef, wheat and milk, processed to break down the proteins into free amino acids like glutamate. US laws allow "natural flavoring" to consist of "protein hydrolysates" containing free glutamic acid. That's why they do it - to free glutamate to act like MSG so they can declare a "clean label" while misleading the consumer.

McDonalds® Ingredient Webpage

Burger King foods containing MSG
Breaded Chicken Patty
Spicy Chicken Patty
Breaded Tendercrisp Chicken
Chicken Tenders
BK Chicken Fries
Garden Veggie Patty - contains hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat - which contains free glutamate
Sausage Patty
Ranch dipping sauce
Ken's Fat Free Ranch Dressing
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Hide the following 5 comments

there is a solution

04.01.2013 15:50

only buy organic!

eat like the elite

@only buy organic!

04.01.2013 20:35

I don't think you need to go that far.
A potato / tomato / carrot won't contain MSG regardless or whether it is organic or not.

Rather, don't by too many pre-processed foods like ready-mades food, jars etc.
Buy "real" food instead - raw ingredients and make meals out of them.

non organic

no, organic is a gaurentee

04.01.2013 21:38

a gaurentee that you are not eating genetically modified, pesticide laced food

organic for the win


07.01.2013 11:52

...that restaurants would have the audacity to feed us food that is both tasty and unhealthy!

Seriously, people, all things in moderation. If you eat McDonalds and KFC every day, I think you have better things to worry about than MSG.

Salt and alcohol are pretty toxic, too. Should these be banned?


Utter rubbish

21.02.2014 18:29

I know this article is a year old but really, what utter tosh to be posting. "MSG is a poison". Name me something taken in excess that isnt. Ask the UK, US, Australian, Japanese Governments. Ask the EU. In fact, ask anyone who has done a scientific test on MSG and then approved it as safe to use IN MODERATION. It is no more a poison than salt is if used in the currect amounts.

Chinese headache syndrome?? Do you mean Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (CRS) as born from an anecdotal article written nearly 50 years ago? Whilst it is accepted that some people (1% of the population) have a higher sensitivity to MSG when taken in excess, every scientific test done on it since has shown it to be safe - the americans have tested it three times due to ill-informed whacko nutjobs such as the author of this page and each time have concluded that it is not harmful (again, IN MODERATION).

Finally I had to laugh at the comment saying tomatoes don't contain glutomates - I suggest you look that one up...