The Many Hidden Names Of Harmful Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)


The Many Hidden Names Of Harmful Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Unknown to most people, there is actually monosodium glutamate (MSG), a potentially harmful food additive, hidden in many packaged, processed food products, masquerading under different names.

Food ingredients which ALWAYS contain MSG

According to authors Bill Gottlieb and Dr Joseph Mercola, these food ingredients always contain MSG:

• Monosodium glutamate
• Monopotassium glutamate
• Glutamate
• Glutamic acid
• Hydrolyzed protein
• Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
• Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP)
• Autolyzed plant protein
• Textured protein
• Calcium caseinate
• Sodium caseinate
• Yeast food
• Yeast extract
• Yeast nutrient
• Autolyzed yeast
• Maltodextrins
• Hydrolyzed oat flour

Food ingredients which OFTEN contain MSG

According to the two authors, these food ingredients often contain MSG:

• Malt extract
• Malt flavoring
• Malted barley (flavor)
• Barley malt
• Flavors, Flavoring(s)
• Natural flavoring(s)
• Natural chicken, beef or pork flavorings or seasonings
• Reaction flavors
• Caramel flavoring (coloring)
• Food seasonings
• Bouillon
• Broth
• Stock

Further, according to Dr Mercola, even the following food ingredients often contain MSG:

• Milk powder
• Dry milk solids
• Protein-fortified milk
• Protein-fortified products
• Whey protein
• Whey protein isolate or concentrate
Wheat, rice or oat protein
• Soy protein
• Soy protein isolate or concentrate
• Soy sauce or extract
• Rice syrup or brown rice syrup
• Citric acid (when processed from corn)
• Corn syrup and corn syrup solids
• Cornstarch
• Modified food starch
• Lipolyzed butter fat
• Carrageenan
• Pectin
• Annatto
• Spice
• Flowing agents
• Dough conditioners
• Protease and protease enzymes
• Low or no-fat items
• Enzyme-fortified products
• Ultra-pasteurized products
• Some fermented products

Don’t many of the above food items actually sound harmless, even beneficial or healthful? Looks like trying to avoid MSG may not be as straightforward as you think, especially if you eat out a lot and / or consume a lot of processed food products.

Basically, because MSG can be found in most processed and packaged foods, the best way to avoid it is thus to consume mostly fresh whole foods. Some restaurants also use MSG in their food preparation. Hence, the more meals you prepare on your own at home, using fresh ingredients, the less exposure to MSG you and your family will have. While it’s not easy to totally avoid MSG, every bit you can do will benefit you and your family.


Gottlieb, Bill. Alternative Cures: The Most Effective Natural Home Remedies for 160 Health Problems. Rodale, 2000. Print.

Mercola, Joseph, Dr., and Pearsall, Kendra, Dr. Take Control of Your Health. Schaumburg, IL:, 2007. Print.

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