Hidden Sources Of MSG
Food label descriptors that contain enough MSG to serve as common MSG-reaction triggers.
These always contain MSG:
Hydrolyzed protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
These very often contain MSG:
Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s)
Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s)
Natural pork flavoring
Natural beef flavoring
Natural chicken flavoring
Seasonings (the word “seasonings”)
Soy sauce extract
Whey protein isolate
Soy protein isolate
Whey protein concentrate
Soy protein concentrate
anything Protein fortified
anything Enzyme modified
These can be used to create MSG:
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 as much as 48 hours after ingestion.
There are additional ingredients that appear to cause MSG reactions in acutely sensitive people. A list is available for those interested from: Truth in Labeling Campaign (TLC) PO Box 2532 Darien, IL 60561