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Beware of MSG hidden in "Natural Foods"
« on: May 04, 2008, 06:52:20 AM »
Most people by now know that MSG (a free glutamate acid) is not good for you, in fact it is one of the strongest known nuero-toxin found in food.

Manufacturers have found it very convenient to sneak MSG in their product while continuing to label them 'Organic', 'Natural' and even "No MSG".

These disguised free glutamate acids are most often listed as:

Autolyzed Yeast Extract
Yeast Extract
Natural Flavors

Some resources:
Organic Consumers Association
Truth in Labeling
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Re: Beware of MSG hidden in "Natural Foods"
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 05:41:43 PM »
How in the world do we combat such a thing; and what stores would prevent it?  Would Whole Foods and the stores we know and love to frequent be aware?

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Re: Beware of MSG hidden in "Natural Foods"
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 09:08:55 PM »
How in the world do we combat such a thing; and what stores would prevent it?  Would Whole Foods and the stores we know and love to frequent be aware?

Unfortunately stores don't prevent it and very few are even "aware" of such things; large operations such as Whole Foods certainly don't do much about it since their shelves have plenty of such products.

What we can do to prevent it is to spread the word. When you come across any new, reliable, data, talk about it. Help people you know to understand how to read product labels and have a good idea about what is "not natural".

Also, don't be afraid to contact companies that you have trusted only to find that they use Autolyzed Yeast. In my experience they tend to fall on goverment regulations about food and labeling but the more they hear from customers that they won't support them, the better.

One bit of good news that I recently learned is that under FDA labeling, product that use "Autolyzed Yeast Extract" can no longer claim "No MSG" on their labeling!!

yay... one for the good guys :)

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Re: Beware of MSG hidden in "Natural Foods"
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008, 07:27:27 AM »
wow! I always wondered what autolyzed yeast was. Now that I know I'm going to look for it. Thanks!

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Re: Beware of MSG hidden in "Natural Foods"
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 01:33:05 PM »
A quick update.

Labeling laws have changed to effect autolyzed yeast. A manufacturer can no longer have "No MSG" in their labeling if they have autolyzed yeast in their product.

This is great news although they've already found ways around it by having things such as "yeast extract" and some other ways to still get it in there :(
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