In my research I was appalled to find that MSG comes in so many forms. Also that food manufacturers can include MSG even when the label says No MSG Added, and this is why:
Food label descriptors that contain enough MSG to serve as common MSG-reaction triggers
These ALWAYS contain MSG:
Glutamate Textured protein
Monopotassium glutamate (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
Glutamic acid Yeast extract
Calcium caseinate Yeast food
Sodium caseinate Autolyzed yeast
Gelatin Yeast nutrient
These very OFTEN contain MSG:
Malt extract Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s)
Malt flavoring Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s)
Barley malt Natural pork flavoring
Bouillon Natural beef flavoring
Stock Natural chicken flavoring
Broth Seasonings (the word “seasonings”)
Carrageenan Soy sauce
Maltodextrin Soy sauce extract
Whey protein Soy protein
Whey protein isolate Soy protein isolate
Whey protein concentrate Soy protein concentrate
Pectin anything Protein fortified
anything Enzyme modified
These can be used to CREATE MSG:
Protease enzymes Protease Fungal protease Enzymes
Hidden MSG is not limited to use in food. MSG sensitive people have reported reactions to soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics that contain hidden MSG. The most obvious common hiding places are in ingredients called “hydrolyzed protein” and “amino acids.”
Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are also potential sources of hidden MSG. Also, aspartic acid, found in aspartame (NutraSweet) ordinarily causes MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people. Aspartame is found in some medications. Check with your pharmacist.
Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements, both prescription and non-prescription, including enteral feeding materials and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals, may contain MSG.
Reactions to MSG are dose related, i.e., some people react to even very small amounts of MSG while others usually only react to relatively more. MSG-induced reactions may occur immediately after contact or after as much as 48 hours.
There are additional ingredients that appear to cause MSG reactions in ACUTELY sensitive people. A list is available for those interested.
Truth in Labeling Campaign (TLC) PO Box 2532 Darien, IL 60561 www.truthinlabeling.com