I used to think monosodium glutamate was just a Chinese restaurant additive, but the Truth In Labeling site opened my eyes with all the other ‘names’ it can go by in ingredient lists. It was certainly another piece of the puzzle in discovering why my children were reacting to certain foods.
What I didn’t know, is that there are more than 40 different food ingredients that contain the chemical in MSG (processed free glutamic acid) and cause reactions in reactive people (whether mildly or seriously).
I learned so much (which I still feel is valid and true today) including:
- What MSG really is
- Where is MSG hidden?
- Ingredient names used to hide MSG in food
- UK E-numbers used for MSG-containing ingredients
- There are pesticides and fertilizers that contain MSG (As of 2004, California had already approved crop spraying with MSG)