You’ve probably figured out that I’m fixated on food and healthy choices by now. Today I need to rant on something not as diet and weight-related as usual but very dear to my heart, nonetheless.
I just uncovered a list on Fooducate (great site and app, by the way) that has me seething. I am a migraineur since age 9. You know, someone who suffers from migraines. Funny that the word kind of looks like connoisseur – guess I’m a connoisseur of headaches, huh?
Anyway, this list is of all the alternate names for MSG. MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a common trigger for migraines. It is also a fake food additive used to make bad food taste better and people to eat more. I’ve got multiple reasons not to be a fan of MSG and try VERY hard to steer clear of it. The best reason for me is how horrible I feel during one of my many-day-long migraine episodes.
If you don’t get migraines, be grateful. Let me tell you, they suck – bad. Mine can make me smell horrible things that aren’t there, stumble over everyday words, have trouble remembering simple things and generally feel like @$$.
So imagine my anger when I come across this list of alternate names for MSG. I read every label at the store and carefully choose the restaurants I patronize for several reasons. Organic? Great. Gluten-free? A must for my family with my wife’s severe allergy and my pretty severe intolerance. Humanely raised? Nothing else will do for Dr. Mary the Veterinarian aka my wife. It has MSG you say? Not in my grocery cart!
This list shows DOZENS of other names for MSG. Dozens! I’ve never seen anything like this, never knew that so many of these, unpronounceable chemical names in the ingredient list were really just another name for a chemical that gives me migraines and makes bad food taste artificially better than it is. AHHH!!!!
- MSG linked to unexplained weight gain (msnbc.msn.com)