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Aug 4 / Kyra Xavia

Ingredients that Contain Hidden MSG

Many people know that consuming monosodium glutamate can cause unpleasant reactions  such as migraine headaches, gastric distress, a racing heart, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, asthma, and/or mood swings. What many don’t know is that common ingredients used by food manufacturers, contain processed free glutamic acid (the harmful component of monosodium glutamate) that causes these reactions.

It’s important to know that MSG stands for ALL processed glutamic acid, not just monosodium glutamate. Glutamic acid found in unadulterated protein does not cause adverse reactions. To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been processed/manufactured or come from protein that has been fermented.

Ingredients that ALWAYS contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)
Calcium Glutamate (623)
Glutamate (620)
Glutamic Acid (620)
Monoammonium Glutamate (624)
Monopotassium Glutamate (622)
Monosodium Glutamate  or MSG (621)
Magnesium Glutamate (625)
Natrium Glutamate

Balsamic Vinegar
Fermented Fish Sauces
Worcestershire Sauce

Calcium Caseinate
Sodium Caseinate

Gelatin – (441)

Autolysed Plant Protein
Hydrolysed Plant Protein
Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Hydrolysed Protein also called Protein Hydrolysates (if process uses acid or base)

Corn, Rice, Oat or Wheat Protein
Soy Protein
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Textured Protein
Textured Soy Protein (TSP)
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Whey Protein
Whey Protein Concentrate
Whey Protein Isolate

Autolysed Yeast
Brewers Yeast
Torula Yeast
Yeast Extract
Yeast Food
Yeast Nutrient

BRAND NAME SEASONINGS THAT CONTAIN MSG
Accent
Ajinomoto
Braggs Liquid Amino Acid Seasoning
Glutacyl
Gourmet Powder
Vetsin

Ingredients that OFTEN contain or produce processed free glutamic acid (MSG)
Anything that is Fermented
Anything that is Enriched
Anything that contains Enzymes
Anything Enzyme Modified
Anything Fortified
Anything Modified
Anything Protein Fortified
Anything that contains an ingredient “… Protein”
Anything Ultra-pasteurised
Anything Vitamin Enriched
Low or No Fat items
Flowing Agents

ACIDITY REGULATORS / FOOD ACIDS
Most of the citric acid used by the food industry comes from corn not citrus.
Citric Acid or Citrate (330)
Citric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids (472c)
Calcium citrates (333) – (i) Monocalcium citrate (ii) Dicalcium citrate (iii) Tricalcium citrate
Triammonium citrate (380)
Pectins (440) – (i) pectin (ii) amidated pectin
Potassium citrates (332) – (i) Monopotassium citrate (ii) Tripotassium citrate
Sodium citrates (331) – (i) Monosodium citrate (ii) Disodium citrate (iii) Trisodium citrate
Triethyl citrate (1505)

BAKED ITEMS
Dough Conditioners
Dough Improvers

GUMS / THICKENERS / STABILIZING AGENTS
Gums
Carrageenan (407)
Carob Bean Extract
Guar Gum
Locust Bean Extract
Pectin (440)

ENZYMES
Bacterial Proteases
Protease
Protease Enzymes

FLAVOURS
Bouillon
Broth
Flavours
Natural Beef Flavour
Natural Chicken Flavour
Natural Oak Wood Smoke
Natural Pork Flavouring
Natural Wood Smoke
Seasonings
Stock
Spices

INGREDIENTS PROCESED FROM BARLEY
Malted Barley (Flavour)
Malted Barley Flour
Malt Flavouring
Maltodextrin
Malt Extract

INGREDIENTS PROCESSED FROM CORN
(Also see additives listed under Acidity Regulators / Food Acids)
Corn Oil
Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup Solids (partly depends upon process used)
Fructose
Modified Corn Starch

INGREDIENTS PROCESSED FROM DAIRY
Cheese Powder
Dry Milk Solids
Lipolysed Butter Fat
Milk Concentrate
Milk Powder
Milk Solids
Skim Milk Powder
Whey
Whey Protein
Whey Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate

INGREDIENTS FROM PEAS
Hydrolysed Pea Protein

INGREDIENTS FROM RICE
Brown Rice Syrup
Rice Syrup

INGREDIENTS PROCCESSED FROM SOY
Lecithin
Soy Extract
Soy Protein
Soy Protein Isolate
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Sauce
Soy Sauce Powder

INGREDIENTS FROM WHEAT
Gluten
Gluten Flour

STARCHES FROM GRAINS
Modified Cornstarch
Cornstarch
Modified Food Starch
Wheat Starch

SWEETENERS / COLOURS / FLAVOURS
Annatto (160b)
Barley Malt
Caramel (150a, 150b, 150c, 150d))
Caramel Colouring (150a, 150b. 150c, 150d)
Caramel Flavoring (150a, 150b,150c, 150d)
Fructose (made from corn)

SUPPLEMENTS
Algae / Phytoplankton
Amino Acids
Barleygrass Powder
Body Building Powders
Brewers Yeast
Digestive Enzymes
Enzymes
L-Glutamine Powder
Glutamine Powder
Probiotic Powders
Sea Vegetables
Protein Powders
Sports Protein Drinks
Vitamins produced by bacteria, enzymes and fermentation
Wheatgrass Powder
Yeast Food
Yeast Powder
Yeast Nutrients

INGREDIENTS WHICH HAVE VAGUE NAMES THAT HIDE MSG
Amino Acids
Bread Improver
Cheese Powder
Dough Conditioner or Dough Improver
Fermented Proteins
Food Acid
Food Gelling Agent
Modified Food Starch
Natural Gum
Natural Flavour
Natural Thickener
Spices
Seasoning

HEALTHY SOUNDING INGREDIENTS THAT MAY CONTAIN MSG
Gums
Carrageenan (407)
Carob Bean Extract
Guar Gum
Kombu Extract
Locust Bean Extract
Pectin (440)
Lecithin
Protein from Milk
Pure Citric Extract
Seaweed Extract

The following are ingredients suspected of containing or creating sufficient processed free glutamic acid (MSG) to trigger an MSG reaction in HIGHLY SENSITIVE people
Anything Enriched
Anything Vitamin Enriched
Brown Rice Syrup
Corn Starch
Corn Syrup
Dextrose
Lipolysed Butter Fat
Milk Powder
Modified Food Starch
Most things Low Fat or No Fat
Reduced fat milk (skim; 1%; 2%)
Rice Syrup

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The following work synergistically with MSG to enhance flavour.  If they are present for flavouring, so is MSG.
Disodium 5’-guanylate (627)
Disodium 5’-inosinate (631)
Disodium 5′-ribonucleotides (635)
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