The Dangers of MSG and Aspartame

For most of my 56 years, I have been having a myriad of symptoms, most of them neurological in nature. They range from night sweats to migraines, muscle and joint pain to heart palpitations. And I thought Parkinson's was enough to bear.


But, I have known for a while that the food additives we are (often) unknowingly consuming have had an effect on us. It wasn't until today that I knew how much.

I got up and started reading the labels of the food I had in my house. Instant potatoes, soup, dips, chips, canned veggies, gravy mixes, the list is insidious!

MSG is known as an "excitotoxin" which means it is designed to "excite the brain cells to death". Aspartame is pretty much the same, but doesn't have the gluten that so many people have trouble with.

MSG has now been linked to certain types of autism, lupus, diabetes, fibromialgia, asthmatic related episodes, and more, as you read the links I am including.

I saw a slogan the other day that says "It's easier to be well then get well." That is my new mantra.

If this helps even a few of us be healthier, and feed our kids better, then it was worth getting it out to all you fun, friendly, and frugal folks!


By Poor but Proud from Salem, OR

July 1, 20110 found this helpful

Life itself is dangerous. I'm not willing to give up convenience foods because of what it might contain. I look at it like this "the Lord created the people that invented these things for a reason." Another way to look at it is no matter what we eat or don't eat, no matter how much or how little we eat, and no matter how much or how little we exercise, we are all going to die sometime.

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

Amen to you! This stuff should be taken off the market. Some people are not bothered by it but some are and do not realize that it is making them sick. The really sad part is that many people feed it to their children who cannot make the choice.

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Yes, we are all going to die...sayeth the unnamed poster.

So, doesn't that mean that how we live and how we feel during that life should matter even more? I mean, even some insects who don't know they will only live a day or a week enjoy the time they have!

My mother died of lung cancer after smoking for 55 years. Once she got the prognosis on her time left, she and others like her, decided to keep smoking with the selfish attitude of "what harm can it do now"?

Had she stopped in her 30's or 40's, she might still be with me and would have saved thousands of dollars while also not harming me and the other people around her with second hand smoke. And before the smokers chime in with "we didn't know about second hand smoke then...", I agree. We didn't. But when your daughter is always sick with respiratory problems, you might have at least stepped outside.

However, I digress. This post was meant to help people who are still alive and who still care about their health and the health of their families. Period.

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

First and formost, I am sorry to hear that along with already having been diagnosed with Diabetes a year or so ago that you now also have been diagnosed with Parkinsons, Sandi.

As for MSG, everything in moderation unless you happen to be one who is allergic to glutamate. I don't know anything about aspartame because I've never eaten diet type foods or drank diet beverages so didn't find the need to check it out. Now back to MSG.

MSG is made using a fermentation process. Many common foods such as yogurt, beer, vinegar and soy sauce are produced by fermentation. The glutamate found in MSG is the same as the glutamate that naturally occurs in many foods according to authorities such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, our bodies metabolize, or break down, the two sources of glutamate in exactly the same way. To the human body, glutamate is glutamate no matter what the source.

As for your mother smoking, why was that so selfish of her to not quit after having been diagnosed with irreversible lung cancer? It was her body and her life. What is any more selfish about her continuing until her last breath than anyone else continuing doing things that harm themselves that they know they shouldn't? Every single one of us are guilty of that in one way or another.

Anyway, thanks for sharing the information so that others can do some homework of their own and decide what's best for themselves. :-)

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

Wow those are some useful websites, thank you for sharing, I too avoid eating msg due to migraine triggers, but the list didn't stop there, that is so scary.

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July 3, 20110 found this helpful

Congratulations for finding the answer to your problem. I like your line about how it is easier to be well than get well. That's so amazing and simple, yet also true. I thought you might also like to read a book about excitotoxins written by a well known doctor. I found it to be a little too technical for all of it to be interesting, but it is informative. If you want to read it, try finding it at a library. Here is the url to find out about the book called Excitotoxins.

I agree with another poster here that life itself is dangerous and that we will all someday die of something. They also noted that they would not be willing to give up convenience foods, but I personally want to live a very long and healthy life with me being full of energy. I find that food which is actually closer to the source, such as fresh vegetables, fruits, etc. actually taste better in addition to being healthier.

I wish you health and happiness on your journey.

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