Food used to be such a simple thing to deal with. In our earliest guises we foraged through the undergrowth for nuts, berries, fungi, shoots and leaves as we steadily munched our way through the day without the concerns of office deadlines, overtime at the factory or making sure we don’t miss the next instalment of our favourite soap opera.
After the Second World War food was rationed in the UK and Europe as part of the socialist rebuilding scheme which got the affected countries back on their feet financially. Meat and potatoes really were the order of the day and were supplied by local farmers, meaning that preservatives and the like were not required.
Today however we live in a world which is more or less dominated by food companies and their machinations. There are crazy things happening behind the veil of happy looking advertising and claims of ‘healthy’ products, and despite occasional consumer backlash over what goes into mass produced food, those sneaky companies just keep finding new ways to mask their conniving methods of keeping us hooked on their brands.
Food is no longer just food, it’s become a science. Since the end of localised farming and the advent of centralised, mass food production our groceries have become laced with a whole mess of chemicals designed (supposedly) to make them taste better, preserve them and keep them fresher on the shelf for longer.
Ice cream, for instance, now contains ‘firming’ agents which stop artificial colours running or cream and water separating in transit. Worst of all though are the many ways in which the food industry hides its most potent weapon – processed free glutamic acid.
Processed free glutamic acid is the sharp end of Monosodium Glutamate [MSG], an ‘excitotoxin’ chemical which confuses the body into thinking it is receiving healthy proteins when in fact it largely isn’t. Protein receptors in the tongue trigger a series of physical responses to MSG which include increased glutamate in the blood stream which leads to increased insulin levels, bypassing the Hypothalamus (the part of the brain which informs the body it has eaten enough, meaning we don’t notice our belly is bloated and full ) and deployment of Amp-Activated Protein Kinase [AMPK] which increases our need for food while slowing us down so as not to cause cell damage within the body (lethargy and prolonged hunger). Read our article on how MSG affects the body for more information on this.
Make no mistake, MSG is a dangerous chemical which makes food addictive and leads to type II diabetes, thyroid failure, has been linked to cancer and is a major player in the growing obesity pandemic.
The public wised up to MSG for a time and after some clever PR exercises food companies said they would stop, or at least limit and label when using it. The public sighed a sigh of relief and celebrated their victory.
The food companies stewed and came back with an alternative. ‘We can’t use Msg’, they said, ‘But we can use its core element…’
As an example of how they found a loophole in the system, Walkers produced a range of potato chips called ‘Sensations‘ and their Sweet Thai Chilli flavour claims to be gluten free, but better still, in large bold letters on the back of the packet are the words “DOESN’T CONTAIN MSG”.
“Hurrah” we cry as we study the ingredients; potatoes, vegetable oil and salt in the chips. No harm there (aside from the fact that the potatoes are undoubtedly Genetically Engineered). So what’s the fuss then?
The ingredients for the flavouring are listed separately and this is where companies have become clever. Halfway through the list is an ingredient called Hydrolized Soy Protein [HSP]. HSP is extracted from soy beans (one of the biggest GE products) and is processed to contain our friend Processed Free Glutamic Acid – the dangerous part of MSG.
So yes it’s true, Sensations do not contain MSG, but they do contain the most potent part of MSG, the bit which does all the damage.
To this end, food companies are laughing at us because they know that a big fat ‘Contains no MSG‘ sticker will make us feel safe while they continue to poison us and, furthermore, feed the pharmaceutical industry at the same time – an industry which also uses Processed Free Glutamic Acid in its products.
Additionally there are certain acids, enzymes and proteins which when combined will create the same effect as MSG; in much the same way as The Joker used his ‘Smilex’ chemical in the Tim Burton Batman film.
To get you started on the road to avoiding MSG and its poison ‘Processed Free Glutamic Acid’ barb
here is a list of ingredients which have the same effect as MSG:
- Autolyzed yeast
- Hydrolyzed pea protein
- Sodium caseinate
These are amongst the most common. Then we have products found in milk solids:
- Guar gum
- Locust bean gum.
Additionally, anything containing the word ‘Hydrolized’ means it has been processed to contain Processed Free Glutamic Acid, as do ingredients like (for instance) Tomato Protein, which means the tomato has been hydrolized.
More expensive but still suspect ingredients include:
- Disodium guanylate
- Disodium inosinate
Even organic food isn’t safe from the scourge of MSG as the following chemicals also cause the same physical reaction:
- Autolyzed yeast
- Yeast extract
- Textured soy protein
Soft drinks also contain ingredients which do the same thing and these include:
- AminoSweet (the food industry rebranding of Aspartame)
At this stage it’s worth mentioning that some vaccines contain MSG and derivatives, such as:
- Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella Virus Live – contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin)
Where the food and chemical companies have really gotten dirty is by adding Processed Free Glutamic Acid to pesticides and fertilizers because it remains within the edible part of the plant and is therefore assimilated by us when we eat it, meaning that there is a greater risk of type II diabetes and obesity by eating non-organic fruit and vegetables.
Some wax used to coat citrus fruit also contains MSG, as do shampoos, deodorants and soaps.
All in all, buying food has become a minefield because products which claim not to contain MSG still contain the core element which causes obesity, diabetes, cancer and other related ailments. The food companies will continue to disguise Processed Free Glutamic Acid until it is outlawed completely.
That’s where you come in.
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Read about the battle against childhood diabetes, information about Type II Diabetes, how Type II Diabetes increases the risk of cancer in women, how obesity causes other illnesses, and Jamie Oliver’s rallying call to fight global obesity.
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