CP & R, prompt 1

Has everyone heard of the popular ‘MSG’; well, I’m not a fan of it.   I don’t care if it is a food enhancer.   It is not really good for you and it makes some people eat more.  Following are two of many examples listed about ‘msg’ and there is much more information when you look up this money making ingredient.   This food additive does not seem to be good for you from everything I read.  I tried to avoid this ingredient if at all possible by limiting junk food intake and other processed foods; this is the only way to control msg(monosodium glutamate) intake as it in so many foods.

Is MSG Bad for You? | Yale Scientific Magazine

Monosodium glutamate. It’s in your Chinese take-out. It’s in your finger-licking delicious Nacho Cheese Doritos. And it’s definitely in your late-night bowl of Ramen noodles. Used for decades as a food additive and flavor-enhancer, monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been called many things, from a merely unhealthy additive to an addictive neurotoxin.

Monosodium glutamate, widely known to us as MSG, has a bad rap. The food additive, which has been used for decades in Chinese food, canned vegetables, and processed meat, has been associated with several medical symptoms including headache, sweating, and numbness in some people, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Source:   https://www.cnet.com/news/is-msg-really-all-that-bad-for-you

Some articles say that only when you eat on an empty stomach; it is bad for you but other articles say that it doesn’t matter because it is an extra ingredient that makes your junk food taste good so many of us keep buying them.

There are no regulations for labeling processed free glutamic acid (MSG).

For instance:


There are no regulations that require the identification (labeling) of all processed free glutamic acid (MSG) present in processed food. Consumers have no way of knowing if there is processed free glutamic acid (MSG) in processed food, and if there is any, how much or how little there is.

The FDA has proposed no regulations for identifying all processed free glutamic acid (MSG) in processed food.

Never has the FDA suggested that all MSG in processed food might be labeled.

Similarly, consumers have no way of knowing how much processed free glutamic acid (MSG) remains in and/or on MSG-sprayed crops (produce) when brought to market.

Source:   http://www.truthinlabeling.org/presentregulations.html

To me as a consumer of some junk food purchased even if it is from a natural store, this ingredient(msg) is in there under different names and FDA does not require proper labeling anyway.   So consumers are not protected by FDA just business firms are protected.

I want to know why FDA allows this ingredient in foods and why can’t USDA or some other agency but a stop to this or consumers possibly.   I guess we have to decide for ourselves whether you rather cook most of your foods because many frozen foods have this ingredient also not just junk foods.  It is like the saying “Be your own advocate.”

One more information we are supposed to understand is “While the naturally occurring glutamates in food aren’t dangerous, processed free glutamic acids like MSG are.”  This  statement is repeated in many articles I read already.

Please look up the following agency as they have lots of information about this ‘msg.’  I also have listed above about the link to truthinlabeling.

United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has tons of information about this topic.


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