Monosodium Glutamate & How It’s Taking Over Thai People’s Health

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This looks delicious, right? Just as a lot of processed foods do that are frozen for days, weeks, months, even years in the aisles from American stores, to Thailand.

Bon Chon chicken.  One of many places that are famous amongst generation Z here in Thailand.  The “high society” students flock here by the herds everyday to take pictures/selfies with the food they order, completely unaware of the harmful effects of a particular ingredient.

It all began with a particular company by the name of Pizza Company.  There was a time I bought a medium pizza, and after devouring it, it felt like I was dying of hydration for the next 16 hours.  I woke up in the middle of the night beyond thirsty – almost as if I hadn’t drunk in more than three days.  I didn’t really make anything of it until I started chowing down on Bon Chon.

One day I ordered some while teaching one of my favorite students, and I can only tell you within ten minutes, I was drowsy.  I was so drowsy to the point I could hardly even move.  Just a couple months later one of my students revealed the secrets of an ingredient.  Being naive, I thought it was a load of crap until I ate it again and BOOM – SUPPLANTED once again.

Dr. Axe wrote this in one of his articles….

1. ID (and avoid) seriously dangerous additives

It’s not easy to remember all of the worst ingredients to steer clear of, but learning to avoid the most toxic ones commonly found in the food supply can drastically improve your health. A common food additive is monosodium glutamate (MSG) that is very dangerous and affects human body in a variety of ways. Headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the back of the neck, numbness and heart palpitations are common side-effects of consuming MSG. Monosodium glutamate is an excitotoxin that overexcites the cells in your body to the extent where they are so heavily damaged that they die. MSG also leads to a range of neurological diseases on prolonged exposure.

It’s not easy to find processed foods that are completely free of MSG. Other food ingredients often mask the presence of MSG, including:

  • autolyzed yeast
  • hydrolyzed protein
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • sodium caseinate
  • yeast nutrient or yeast extract
  • Torulo yeast
  • natural flavoring
  • glutamic acid

Soy sauce, seasonings, powdered milk, stock, malt, maltodextrin, pectin and anything protein often contain MSG.

That’s a very thorough breakdown of what it is.  However, if we shift a bit of our focus to the very bottom, he mentions that “anything protein often contain MSG.”  That’s a bit ambiguous because it seems to me as if he’s stating that protein, in general, contains the monstrous MSG.

The most infuriating part of it all is the fact that the FDA makes this available and allows the ingredient to be included in a variety of different foods.  I’m perplexed at the fact that something, that can cause death, is still being implemented in foods.

In going forward, and as I have shown in the featured picture, look at the table of contents and if you can, memorize those disguised names.

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