The food we eat may not taste the same without additives and enhancers in it. Food brands employ them in order to make their product tempting and addictive. Monosodium glutamate abbreviated as MSG is a common flavor enhancer used almost all over the food industry. It is popular due to its increased efficacy in stimulating the taste buds by imparting an exotic taste to the food product.
In addition to all of its efforts to enhance the taste of the food item, MSG is reported to be a serious threat to the health of the people. It comes with serious detrimental effects that pose certain hazards to the liver and kidneys of the consumer.
A recent study published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, stated MSG to be a toxic ingredient causing the inflammation of the liver. The study was conducted by the Japanese researchers who found strong and negative effects of MSG on the liver health of living beings. They found MSG to potentially induce obesity and diabetes subjecting the liver to inflammations. MSG was also reported to cause accumulation of unhealthy fats in mice.
Another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, involving some of the same researchers, found that MSG was a critical factor for promoting obesity, even among people who ate a calorie-restricted diet.
High concentrations of MSG in the central nervous system were also reported to cause premature cell death. This study was conducted in Mexico. It stated that MSG, in high concentrations, hurts the neuroendocrine system, blood flow in vessels, and organ functions.
Studies evaluating the potential risks associated with MSG involved rats injected with high doses of MSG. It was found that MSG could make its way through the blood-brain barrier and cause severe damage to the liver and kidneys. It also over stimulated the neural functioning to such an extent where the neurons ultimately died.
High consumption of Monosodium glutamate demonstrated signs of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in animals. It is a type of fat accumulation in the liver that may serve as a precursor to diabetes along with inflammation.
MSG is what makes food tempting and addictive, boosting its sale. It triggers the insulin production that may grow your appetite out of control and urge you to overeat. This is why the food companies employ MSG in their products despite all the health hazards it offers.
Aside from liver damage, some of the common side effects of the over-consumption of MSG include a migraine, sweating, flushed skin, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, facial pressure, weakness, and numbness.
MSG is a common constituent of our everyday foods. Yeast food, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein (concentrate and isolate), dough conditioners, malt (flavoring and extract), malted barley, gelatin, seasoning spices, carrageenans, whey protein concentrate, and hydrolyzed oat flour are common sources of MSG.
We can avoid its increased use by carefully reading the labels of the ready made meals like snacks, chips, sauces, and marinated meat etc and avoiding the foods labeled high in MSG. It must be noted that MSG could possibly be listed as “yeast extract,” “textured protein,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” or “natural meat tenderizer” on certain food products, which could have been done in order to confuse the buyer. Thus, the best way to avoid MSG is to consume the food you make at your home, on your own. Use natural, organic ingredients at maximum. This may not only assure you the safety of the food you are eating but also reduce the risks that the artificial products offer.