Three letters for ya: M-S-G!
Say it ain’t so?!
Big shocker, I know! That ingredient “natural flavour" isn’t quite so natural! It’s actually a super secret code name for the not so healthy flavour enhancer MonoSodium Glutamate. It alters our perception of how things taste, making it hard to stop at just one potato chip, chocolate, candy, and so on.
Why should we care that it’s in our food?
Because it’s a neurotoxin. In other words, it’s a chemical that affects how our brains and nervous tissue functions. And I don’t want anything up in my head controlling what I do, what I crave and what I end up eating but ME!
Other aliases MSG goes by are: glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, monopotassium glutamate, whey protein concentrate, artificial and natural flavouring.
People who are sensitive to MSG can experience a wide range of symptoms including migraines, ADHD, upset tummies, anxiety and dizziness. So if you’ve been experiencing weird symptoms such as these and you don’t know why this could be* the ticket.
*Could be doesn’t mean it is. This is not a diagnosis. There could very well be something else that explains your symptoms but, regardless, you’re still doing your body a favour by avoiding MSG.
So, next time you’re at the grocery store take a closer look at what you’re putting in your cart. You’ll be surprised to see all the sneaky foods MSG is hidden in. And go take a look in your fridge and pantry. I guarantee there’s at least one MSG-guy just waiting to jump down your throat and get to work!
There are two things I hope that you take away from this:
(1) MSG is a big N-O B-U-E-N-O for our health.
(2) If someone tries to tell us something is “natural” then it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s quite the opposite. Stick to as few boxed foods as possible because that’s where things start to get tricky. Apples are apples, beef is beef, but those funky new potato chips with “natural potato flavour”? Best to leave them on the shelf.
Remember: natural isn’t a flavour!