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Can You Still Get MSG If You Don’t Eat Packaged Foods?

Everyone is aware of the dangers of MSG, a known carcinogen, endocrine disrupter and killer of brain cells, which may also be linked to the development of cardiac problems, kidney problems, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  MSG is added to food to enhance its flavor, so you can imagine its abundance in the American food supply.

So, despite the fact that there still are no truth in labeling laws, you will rarely ever see the word MSG on food labels.  However, if you are concerned about your health, you may want to check out the table below.  It has been said that a rose by any other name is still a rose.  Well, MSG by all of these other names is still MSG.  Monosodium Glutamate is not a food product.  It is a neurotoxin and carcinogen that has taken the precious quality of life from more people than you can imagine.  If you see any of these names on a label of something you were going to eat, place it back on the shelf.  It is not a food; it is a poison!  Sadly, as much as we like to go out to dinner, we must always be aware that this toxin is lurking in the jars and canisters in the restaurant kitchen.  Few “whole food” restaurants are around so the next time you want take out or a nice dinner, consider going to the grocery store, buying the ingredients, preparing your own meal and having it out on the deck.  Fresh air, good food, and saves years on your health!

Names of common ingredients that contain processed free glutamicacid (MSG) or create MSG during processing

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid: Names of ingredients that often contain or produce processed free glutamic acid during processing: The following are ingredients suspected of containing or creating sufficient processed free glutamic acid to serve as MSG- reaction triggers in HIGHLY SENSITIVE
  • Glutamic acid (E 620)2
  • Glutamate (E 620)
  • Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
  • Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
  • Calcium glutamate (E 623)
  • Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
  • Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
  • Natrium glutamate
  • Anything “hydrolyzed”
  • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
  • Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast extract
  • Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
  • Autolyzed yeast
    Gelatin Textured protein
  • Whey protein
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Soy protein
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Anything “protein”
  • Anything “protein fortified”
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Protease
  • Anything “enzyme modified”
  • Anything containing “enzymes”
  • Anything “fermented”
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto
  • Umami

(1) 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.

(2) ) E numbers are use in Europe in place of food additive names.

  • Carrageenan (E 407)
  • Bouillon and broth
  • Stock
  • Any “flavors” or “flavoring”
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric acid, Citrate (E 330)
  • Anything “ultra-pasteurized”
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin (E 440)
  • Malt extract
  • Seasonings
  • Corn starch
  • Corn syrup
  • Lipolyzed butter fat
  • Dextrose
  • Rice syrup
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Milk powder
  • most things “low fat” or “no fat”
  • anything “enriched”
  • anything “vitamin enriched”
  • anything “pasteurized”
  • Annatto
  • Vinegar
  • Reduced fat milk (skim; 1%; 2%)
  • Modified food starch
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Amino acid chelate
  • Citrate, aspartate, and
    glutamate used as chelating agents with mineral supplements.


  1. If one eats foods labeled “organic” (tofu, balsamic vinegar, barley malt, etc.), do you consider these free from MSG?

  2. Nancy L Hanish April 27, 2016

    how do we keep track of all of this….especially for our children and grandchildren….as hard as I try….I carry a list in my purse when I shop but it’s so difficult…usually, if I can pronounce it I try not to buy it….just hard

    • Lisa Rollins April 30, 2016

      If it has any kind of glutamate in it, avoid it. Also any modified food starch or protein or yeast. That’s a good start. Processed foods will contain 5-6 of these kinds of ingredients that when added up well exceed the 95% level required to be labelled msg ac/to our food safety laws.

      Watch seasonings at restaurants. Ask what kind of seasoning they use, when you order.

  3. Clarissa Trammell April 27, 2016

    Does this mean that foods we ferment, like sauerkraut, has msg in them?

    • Carol Steffler May 5, 2016

      Yes I also would like any answer to the sauerkraut question. I make my own sauerkraut every year.

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