(Closed) MSG… to eat or not to eat?!

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t you hate how processed to the hilt everything is? I avoid MSG whenever I can, but I’m sure when I get Chinese food I inadvertently eat it. I can usually feel it, too – you think you’ll never be able to eat again you’re so full, and then two hours later you’re starving. 

It’s really your eating habits that matter…. once in awhile’s not going to hurt you! I agree with you, though, I wish we had better health initiatives (and control over the initiatives we do have) so that this crap wouldn’t be put in our food at all. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

MSG gives me an *awful* headache. Recently I bought some “flavored water” at the health food store that was “all natural.” I loved it… finally, some flavored water without Splenda (which gives me a headache).

But then, I got a headache after drinking the water! Turns out that sometimes, “natural flavors” means MSG, and they don’t even have to label it! I was so mad and also in a lot of pain.

Sorry, I’m just venting and sharing your frustration about the processed foods!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Hey Mitla, MSG produces a savory flavor in whatever it’s added to, so I doubt it was in your water, but maybe there’s some other artificial sweetener/flavor/whatever in it that caused your headache?

 

I eat an all-natural diet and always try to avoid all artificial flavors/colors/etc.  But in the suburb where I attend college, the only fast food restaurant with vegan options is Chinese, and hungry me occasionally indulges…and then is angry at herself, because she’s simultaneously feeling hungry and nauseous soon thereafter.  It may be naturally occurring, but it’s one of those naturally occurring things that sucks.  As a vegan, I’m an avid label-reader, and try to avoid purchasing things with MSG in them, because I don’t think it’s worth eating food that just leaves you feeling hungry.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

MSG, artificial whatevers… I was more surprised that it’s still labeled as “natural flavor” sometimes, and I think that’s misleading. 🙁 I liked the water… it didn’t taste good so much as smelled really nice, and I just liked it! They had a hibiscus flavor that was really good.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

They’ve done many, MANY tests on MSG. The study that said it was “bad” was never able to be replicated, and there have never been any other adverse effects from MSG.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t think it’s a great thing to eat at all times, but I actually didn’t really know exactly what it was till recently.  I mean, I didn’t know that it was in a little shaker, just like salt, and some chinese food places still sprinkle it all over the food!  Maybe not so much in the states anymore, but the last dinner I had before I left Switzerland was Chinese food and they did NOT have the little sign outside that said “no msg”.  I was in the bathroom the whole night, probably lost 10 pounds and needless to say, Fiance and I did not share a romantic last night together 🙁 

 

And then even more recently someone told me it was dried up sweat from animals…but I don’t know how true that could be….

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Baby Pebbles, have you ever read that book “Skinny Bitch?”  It’s got a lot of info in it, although much of it pertains to the corrupt USDA system in the states, and it also says you shouldn’t drink coffee, and “Coffee is for P*ss!es” and I’m sorry but I’m not giving up coffee!  But regardless, it’s pretty interesting.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I am weird about what I choose to avoid, MSG hasn’t ever really bothered me, so I don’t pay attention to it.  Unlike aspartame/splenda/saccharine/etc, it doesn’t make my face wrinkle and it doesn’t give me headaches if I have too much of it.

“Natural flavoring” irks me to no end, I’m likely to put something back on a shelf if I’m in a mood, but MSG, I don’t really care about.  This mostly stems from the time I made gingerbread and it was more like molassesbread, and ginger wasn’t listed anywhere on the ingredients.  I called the company and they said it is listed under “natural flavoring”.  Jerks.

My friend once picked up the MSG, thinking it was salt(?  It was in a shaker, which is why I think it was salt), and it wasn’t labeled, so she accidentally put it in her cookies. She said they turned out pretty gross, and she couldn’t figure out why until she asked her roommate if that wasn’t salt in the shaker she used.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

MSG is in Doritos, Cheetos and just about everything, not just Chinese food.

http://www.msgtruth.org/avoid.htm

But tests have shown it’s ill effects are inconclusive:

http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/monosodium-glutamate/

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-846762.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/monosodium-glutamate/AN01251

Edit: To say I don’t avoid it, is an understatement. (Did you see all the yummy goodness on that first list Surprised)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No, not cheetos!  Noooooo!  

:oP

Well when I was eating the Chinese food dinner, I thought it tasted salty or something?  And it was only while talking to FIL’s on Skype later (I know, embarassing right?  gee whiz) where they said it sounded like an MSG reaction.  So I think they def. used waaaay too much, and I have IBS, and if you have IBS lots of things can affect you way worse than “normal.” 

(TMI?)

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

BP-if you ever see “Accent” on the shelf, that’s what it is!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Yeah, I mean, MSG is a naturally-derived ingredient, and tests are inconclusive, all I know is that it makes my stomach feel awful.  So I don’t eat it, except for the occasional Chinese food.  It most certainly isn’t in “everything”, though.  

From the Mayo Clinic link: “Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG.”  Yeah, that’s me.

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