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Literally!  I’m so tired of feeling the effects of food additives I could just scream.  And, if that wouldn’t aggravate the migraine I’m already fighting from hidden effects of additives, I’d do just that.

For lunch, I had Turkey, Roast Beef, lettuce, and mayo on whole wheat.  You’d think that would be a great sandwich wouldn’t you?  Nope…..  Apparently, not for me.

I was feeling the effects of a migraine within 20 minutes.  Specifically, it was Hillshire Farm Deli Select Roast Beef and Turkey (both were the Ultra Thin selections).  I checked the ingredients, and as the container really has no ingredient list, I had to go online and look it up.  But, based on the ingredient list, I’ve got a migraine from a free glutamate overdose.  In the ingredient list, there are several things listed that produce free glutamate, from the various processes used in creating, and distributing the product.

The suggested serving of 2 ounces would put me over the threshold since I’m already sensitive, but because I was hungry, and craving both turkey and beef, I got a double dose (Not to mention the Sodium level in a serving – WOW!).  I checked the bread, mayo, and mustard and thankfully the additives were minimal in these.

WHY does the food industry NEED all these additives?  Hillshire Farm (A Sara Lee product) will NEVER be in my home again.

Did you know there are literally dozens of names for MSG? Also, along with that, there are many more substances that have what’s known as free glutamate, (monosodium glutamate) and if combined, like in the Hillshire Farm meats I just had for lunch, can be dangerous for those already sensitive to MSG?

So, here I go, off to the couch with migraine medicine.  All because I thought a sandwich couldn’t possibly be bad for me.  All this in 4 ounces (give or take a little bit) of lunchmeat. Lucky Me.

I’m all for warning labels on food, like the kinds they do for alcohol. Warning, too much of this “fabulous – good for you – couldn’t POSSIBLY be bad for you” – food could be harmful to your health (because we as a food industry thinks the consumer doesn’t deserve to know what’s REALLY in their food)!

oh ouch…. that was enough… I’m done.

Kathy

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