May 21, 2015
Obesity is now a pandemic, it is estimated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that by 2015 approximately 2.3 billion adults worldwide will be overweight and 700 million will be obese (1). Now in the UK one-quarter of adults are obese and one-third of adults are predicted to be obese by 2012 (2). So why the prevalence of obesity and why is it still on the rise?
Research has shown that a peptide within your gut (GLP-1) sends a signal to the brain to tell you you're full and stop eating. This area in the brain is within the hypothalamus called the arcuate nucleus (ARC) and a substance known as Monosodium Glutamate, commonly known as MSG, causes extensive damage to the arcuate nucleus as well as to parts of the sensory circumventricular organs. Eating products that contain MSG results in damaging that area of your brain so you don’t get the message that you're full.
MSG is a food enhancer that makes your food taste better; it is mostly used in Chinese food, sauces, and crisps such as Pringles and Doritos. Look for it on labels as E621, it is also known as Ajinomoto, Vetsin, Accent and Tasting Powder.
MSG is used in most fast-food chains and in many foods, particularly processed foods such as:
MSG can be associated with migraine headaches, food allergies, obesity, and hyperactivity in children.
Some labelling such as ‘No MSG’ or ‘No Added MSG’ is misleading because the product can contain sources of free glutamate. Glutamic acid that is a part of MSG can also be found in other additives, such as, ‘hydrolyzed vegetable proteins’, ‘autoyzed yeast’, ‘hydrolyzed yeast’, ‘yeast extract’, ‘soy extracts’ and ‘protein isolate’. Food additives ‘disodium inosinate’ and ‘disodium guanylate’, are used in synergy with MSG-containing ingredients.
Whether or not MSG effects your health is still under discussion, however, I have found it to be a major contributor to my client's ill health within my clinic. My advice is to avoid MSG and its cousins at all costs.
For more information on toxicity’s check out my book, ‘What’s Your Poison?’.
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