How natural is that flavour? The dangers of MSG
Organic NZ Magazine: Sept/Oct 2012
Section: Health and food
As consumer awareness grows about excitotoxins, the food industry is making it harder for consumers to avoid them. Kyra Xavia investigates.
An excitotoxin is a substance that excites nerve cells until they die. One of the most commonly used but best-hidden excitotoxins is processed free glutamic acid (MSG). Contrary to what the food industry says, MSG is shorthand for ALL processed free glutamic acid, including monosodium glutamate (which is processed free glutamic acid combined with sodium).
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