Secretly adding MSG

By greenteapanda

March 25, 2008

Category: Food and drink

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When I have MSG, I get sleepy. In Korea, I am not always sure if something has MSG, because I don’t know what all the ingredients mean on the labels. There are also inaccurate labels.

But even in English, it turns out MSG might be there, even if it is not specifically called MSG. Ingredient items that are really MSG but not called ‘MSG’ include:

  • vegetable broth (contains hydrolysed soy protein)
  • autolysed yeast
  • whey protein concentrate
  • hydrolysed proteins in general
  • plant protein extracts
  • calcium and sodium caseinates (caesin is a carcinogen)
  • yeast extracts
  • textured proteins
  • hydrolysed oat flour

There are also quite a number of ingredients that may include MSG as well.

As I mentioned, caesin is a carcinogen, but for now it is OK for food manufacturers to not indicate the presence of casein. Sometimes casein is put on food labels as whey, but whey protein (though it is MSG in another name) is actually a way to help prevent prostate cancer according to some scientific studies.


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