Read Your Labels–Is this hidden ingredient making you hungry?

Did you know that lab animals are fed MSG to increase their appetites?  MSG can damage the hypothalamus, which controls appetite.  It also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, causing blood sugar to drop, leading to hunger.  Even though the FDA requires that MSG be listed on food labels, manufacturers have become clever at disguising it under at least 36 different names!

Some ingredients that always contain MSG are:  glutamate, glutamic acid, monosodium glutamate, monopotassium glutamate, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, yeast food, autolyzed yeast, and gelatin.

There are many others that often contain MSG or create MSG during processing:  artificial flavors and flavorings, soy sauce, bouillion, malt extract, whey protein, pectin, corn starch, protein-fortified ingredients, seasonings, soy protein isolate, stock, malt flavoring, carrageenan, enzymes, citric acid, enzyme-modified ingredients, natural flavors and flavorings, soy protein, broth, barley malt, maltodextrin, protease, powdered milk, ultra-pasteurized ingredients.

The solution:  stop eating so many packaged, processed foods!  Eat foods that don’t require labels:  fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, dried beans, and whole-grains without added ingredients.  Eat more real food grown on a plant and less frankenfood made in a plant!  Go check your pantry now!  You may find quite a library of ingredients that need to be replaced with healthier options.  Let food be your medicine, not your poison!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for God’s glory.”


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