(NaturalNews) The risks of flavor enhancing food additive MSG (monosodium glutamate) are well known to many NaturalNews readers. MSG should be avoided, considering the fact that it is a dangerous excitotoxin that kills brain cells in the hypothalamus, promotes obesity and liver disease, and is linked to seizures, migraines, ADD/ADHD and heart palpitations. Unfortunately, MSG is hidden in many foods and products, which makes it difficult to avoid even for informed buyers. MSG is difficult to locate on ingredient labels because it goes by names other than "monosodium glutamate." Worse still, it is shockingly hidden in foods you would never expect, such as dairy products.
Hidden MSG in dairy products
Unfortunately, the pasteurization process used in conventional dairy products actually creates free glutamic acid (MSG). The heat of pasteurization breaks down milk protein which results in the creation of free glutamic acid. This creation of MSG can occur from anything that breaks down protein in a food or product. This effect in exacerbated in "ultra-pasteurized" products due to even higher temperatures. And as you might expect, you'll see no mention of MSG or free glutamic acid on the ingredient label. Any of the these dairy products may contain MSG: fat-free milk, powdered milk, "ultra-pasteurized" anything, cottage cheese, reduced fat milk, cream or half and half, ice cream, cream cheese and yogurt. In other words, almost all conventional dairy products are suspect. And if you think you're safe as long as you buy organic dairy, think again; even organic may contain MSG.
Foods and consumer products that potentially contain hidden MSG
In addition to being hidden in conventional pasteurized dairy, MSG is unfortunately and shockingly hidden in tons of products one would never expect. Some products and food containing hidden MSG are:
processed foods dietary supplements cosmetics personal care products pharmaceuticals pet and animal food and feed conventional produce wax pesticides and herbicides fertilizers and plant growth enhancers soaps, shampoo, hair conditioners cosmetics protein powders, shakes, drinks and bars restaurant food (even when claimed to be MSG-free) beverages candy chewing gum infant formulas, foods kosher food
MSG by any other name
MSG is found in may food ingredient additives. You can scan you favorite foods for these to find out if you're unwittingly and unknowingly eating MSG. These are hidden sources of MSG which lurk in dozens of food products:
autolyzed yeast extract hydrolyzed corn gluten hydrolyzed pea protein textured protein autolyzed plant protein yeast extract calcium caseinate sodium caseinate protein fortified anything enzyme modified anything gelatin disodium inosinate disodium guanylate xanthum gum natural flavor barley malt malt extract maltodextrin carrageenan soy protein isolate soy protein concentrate whey protein isolate whey protein concentrate protease enzymes citric acid.
As you can see, MSG shockingly hides almost everywhere and in everything. However, it is better to be informed about this dangerous neurotoxin than not be so that you can reduce your exposure and intake of it.
About the author: Zach C. Miller was raised from an early age to believe in the power and value of healthy-conscious living. He later found in himself a talent for writing, and it only made sense to put two & two together! He has written and published articles about health & wellness and other topics on ehow.com and here on NaturalNews. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science.