Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an artificial flavor enhancer that, when fed to laboratory mice, caused them to become grossly obese and develop lesions in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates appetite and metabolism. When metabolized, MSG releases formaldehyde which can cause DNA damage to cells. Formaldehyde can also be stored in fat cells, especially in the hips and thighs. Research has revealed the presence of MSG in some baby formulas! Could this be setting the stage for obesity in our children?
MSG may be found under many names, including hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed protein, soy protein isolate, yeast extract, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed corn, natural flavor, spices, plant protein extract, textured protein, yeast extract, yeast food, malt extract, broth, stock, seasoning, accent, and gelatin. It’s not easy to find a packaged food that doesn’t contain one of these ingredients. That’s because when a food is processed, it loses its flavor, relying on artificial flavors to make it taste good!
Is it worth it?
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”