The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about MSG and the people who lie about its safety





This Web site is dedicated to people with problems that once defied medical diagnosis – people who discovered that elimination of MSG let them be well.




“It Wasn’t Alzheimers; it was MSG” – a bible for those being poisoned by MSG (and aspartame), and an exposé of government and industry raping the public for personal profit.


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GMO corner


About genetically modified foods


Because GMOs, like MSG, are toxic


And like MSG, GMOs aren’t labeled



Evidence of the toxicity of GMOs is overwhelming




Download and share our double-sided Spanish / English flyer on the dangers of GMOs and how to avoid them.  (You can print out the Spanish page first, and then print the English version on the back – using the landscape setting.)








Jean has offered to share her story: Could MSG be your problem too? (http://www.oneagleswings.me.uk/MSG.pdf)

If you’re thinking you might be sensitive to MSG, you’ll want to read it.  If you know you’re sensitive to MSG, you’ll appreciate what Jean has gone through to regain her health.


And let this serve as a reminder.  You’re not alone.


Food for Thought:



Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)


Rick reported this as a reaction to MSG


Senomyx!  New Flavor Technology Tinkers with Our Tastebuds




If a product contains an ingredient called

“___ protein,” the product contains MSG.






Genetically modified foods (GMOs).  A crime against humanity?




Muscle strength testing.  It’s a way to detect food that contains MSG. http://www.truthinlabeling.org/kinesiologypractice.htm


The Real Food Recipeless Cookbook.  It’s a text book on avoiding MSG.


And it’s free.







Protein powders-

all contain MSG. 



We have blogs – old but they may be of interest.

COPING WITH MSG! (http://copingwithmsg.blogspot.com)

EVIDENCE OF MSG TOXICITY! (http://evidenceofmsgtoxicity.blogspot.com)



We have a brochure.  You can download the brochure and distribute copies to merchants, physicians, family, and friends http://www.truthinlabeling.org/SourcesBrochure.pdf


Facebook.  Truth in LabelingCampaign has reached over 4,500 fans on facebook.  Do stop by.



Listen to Dr. Russell Blaylock:


"The Truth About   Aspartame, MSG and Excitotoxin" “MSG and brain-damaging excitotoxins”     





Claiming “no added MSG” in a product that contains a hydrolyzed protein or other ingredient that contains processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is deceptive, misleading, and, therefore illegal.





Smile!  Give Dude,  Who Poisoned My  Food on YouTube a listen.





Table of Contents:


(Click on the links.  The underlines are the links.) 

The truth, and nothing but the truth, about processed free glutamic acid (we call it MSG)








ARE YOU AT RISK from exposure to Monosodium Glutamate and the other ingredients that contain MSG? 















The risks associated with ingestion of (or even contact with) monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG are simple and straightforward:

Brain damage

Endocrine disorders (obesity and reproductive disorders)

Behavior disorders

Adverse reactions     

Neurodegenerative disease.  



Retinal degeneration











Heart irregularities








What is monosodium glutamate? http://www.truthinlabeling.org/MonosodiumGlutamate_DefinedForTheWeb.htm

What is MSG? http://www.truthinlabeling.org/WhatIsMSG.htm

Where is MSG hidden? http://www.truthinlabeling.org/II.WhereIsMSG.html

Ingredient names used to hide MSG in food  http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html

A couple of products that should be checked out for MSG   http://www.truthinlabeling.org/products.htm

Names of 2 products you might never suspect contain MSG:  Bragg Liquid Aminos and Minor’s no added MSG soup bases.

E-numbers used for MSG-containing ingredients http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Enumbers.html

There are pesticides and fertilizers that contain MSG   http://www.truthinlabeling.org/MSGisbeingsprayedonproduce.htm




The adverse reactions to MSG



Are you sensitive to MSG?  Understanding toxic MSG


Recognizing and/or diagnosing MSG adverse reactions http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Recog.html

How much MSG does it take to produce an observable adverse reaction?  http://www.truthinlabeling.org/HowMuchMSG.htm


DATA tell us that use of monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG places consumers at risk 
















Evidence that monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG cause reactions like irritable bowel, heart irregularities, asthma, and migraine headache
Look at the data



Evidence from epidemiological studies that suggests that as many as 50% of Americans are sensitive to monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG.  Look at the data. 





Evidence that industry-sponsored studies used to substantiate the safety of monosodium glutamate are so badly flawed that they are worthlessSee for yourself.




Evidence that the young are at the greatest risk from ingestion of MSG. 
Look at the data













REPORTS of Adverse Reactions


In addition to research documenting adverse reactions to MSG, there is evidence from consumers who report that their adverse reactions ameliorate or disappear when they clean MSG out of their diets.  Read their letters.




What’s an MSG-sensitive person to do?  



Letters from people who have been helped by this Web site. http://www.truthinlabeling.org/letters.htm


Ideas for those having trouble avoiding MSG. 



Meet “A dragonfly in the kitchen… .. working out recipes which may help those stricken with sensitivities to MSG.  Her determination and her good work should serve as a model for all of us.

To get the truth from manufacturers about the MSG in their products, you have to understand the glutamate industry’s deceptive tactics.


Other Web sites with information about MSG and aspartame








How is MSG manufactured?       http://www.truthinlabeling.org/HowIsItManufactured.html

How do the glutamic acid found in protein and/or freed from protein during digestion and the manufactured neurotoxic glutamic acid found in MSG differ? http://www.truthinlabeling.org/WhatIsMSG.htm

How do we know that manufactured neurotoxic amino acids cause brain damage and neuroendocrine disorders.





How do we know that MSG (it’s manufactured) causes adverse reactions like asthma, migraine headaches, heart irregularities, and seizures.



The Adverse Reactions Caused by MSG




It is IMPORTANT TO INDUSTRY (and their friends at the FDA) TO HIDE the MSG in and ON your food, supplements, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics

Why is hiding MSG so important?



Meet the people (we sometimes call them “the glutes”) who get the job done so effectively



This is how the "MSG is safe" game is played



This will give you some insight into the role played by the US government in keeping MSG in food, drugs, dietary supplements, children's' medications, cosmetics, fertilizers, fungicides, plant growth enhancers -- and more -- hidden



Here's how they hide MSG




The glutamate industry has:

-- Secrets: Things the "glutes" don't want you to know



-- A set of basic lies



-- Web pages on which they disseminate their propaganda



--Tricks to get free advertising dressed up as news



Read all about the "glutes" standard operating procedure

-- published in Accountability in Research, a peer reviewed journal





Researchers from Scripps Clinic, La Jolla California -- which has a history of doing research funded by the MSG industry --

published a review pointing to the safety of monosodium glutamate.  They looked at four (4) conditions you won't find listed in a 1997 FDA report of complaints of adverse reactions to MSG, and concluded that there weren't many reports of adverse reactions to MSG. They also cited three (3) double blind studies in which researchers found adverse reactions to monosodium glutamate, but said that didn't show that people were sensitive to monosodium glutamate because people also reacted to placebos – but they failed to mention that the placebos were laced with toxic aspartame




And that, good readers, is what glutamate industry propaganda about the safety of MSG is built on.



Industry’s FDA       http://www.truthinlabeling.org/GlutesFDA.htm

The FDA says it's illegal to claim no MSG in a product if it contains any free glutamic acid (1) (2), but refuses to enforce the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.



If MSG wasn’t harmful, it wouldn’t be hidden.  If the FDA didn’t front for Industry, MSG wouldn’t be hidden either.



History of invention and use of monosodium glutamate and MSG used in processed food and on crops as they grow



Hydrolyzed proteins



Regulatory history



Details of California’s approval of monosodium glutamate for use in fertilizer and pesticide productsincluding wine grapes



The Truth in Labeling Campaign



Our back room: material collected or written by the Truth in Labeling Campaign



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Exposing MSG: Effecting change one step at a time 



Handing out copies of the TLC brochure to family and friends.  (Print two sided, fold, make lots of copies, and hand them out.) http://www.truthinlabeling.org/SourcesBrochure.pdf


A bit of history. A call for labeling made before we recognized the hold that Ajinomoto and friends had/have on our government.




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Ban MSG?  Not a chance.   If the FDA banned MSG, the drug companies would lose billions. Think about how much money they make treating asthma, migraine headache, seizures, depression, heart irregularities and all of the other reactions to MSG. And cancer, too.  Acid hydrolyzed proteins contain carcinogenic propanols.




We are proud that we have been able to provide information to people whose problems had defied medical diagnosis; people who just "didn't feel well;" people who knew they suffered adverse reactions when they ate MSG--and wanted to avoid it; and people who simply wanted to avoid this neurotoxic, endocrine disrupting, substance.  If you have questions that have not been answered here, please e-mail or ask your question on Facebook.



The ingredient that causes MSG reactions in MSG-sensitive people is manufactured/processed free glutamic acid(1).  Manufactured/processed free glutamic acid is found in processed foods (9) -- but it is not found in unprocessed or unadulterated meat, fish, or vegetables (including soybeans, mushrooms, and tomatoes)(3).  Only meat, fish, or vegetables that have been subjected to some sort of manufacturing or fermenting process will cause MSG reactions in MSG-sensitive people who ingest amounts that exceed their tolerances for MSG(1). Dairy products, also, may cause MSG reactions in MSG-sensitive people because some dairy products are ultra-pasteurized, some are fermented, and many contain food additives such as carrageenan that are problematic for MSG-sensitive people(1). All manufactured/processed free glutamic acid contains contaminants (D-glutamic acid, pyroglutamic acid, and others) (12,13), while the glutamic acid found in intact/unadulterated protein contains no contaminants(3).  Some manufactured/processed free glutamic acid contains carcinogenic mono and dichloro propanols(12).



With one exception, aspartame and processed free glutamic acid (MSG) cause identical adverse reactions in people who are sensitive to them(2). In addition, the free glutamic acid found in MSG and the free aspartic acid found in aspartame both have been shown to kill brain cells and cause subsequent endocrine disorders in laboratory animals(4).  (We don't do such experiments on humans.)



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be more interested in protecting the profits of big business than in safeguarding the health of consumers.



When a manufacturer tells you there is no processed free glutamic acid in a product that made you ill, ask the manufacturer to back up his claim by providing you with a "free amino acid" assay.  If there is any free glutamic acid found, you can assume that the product contains MSG. 

When a manufacturer tells you that any MSG in his product couldn't possibly harm you because it is "naturally occurring," inform the manufacturer that both arsenic and hydrochloric acid are "naturally occurring," too.

REMEMBER THIS: If MSG wasn't harmful, it wouldn't be hidden.



1. Searching for an answer to the question "Why does some food cause adverse reactions while other food does not," we observed that what we thought were reactions to MSG only occurred when there was processed free glutamic acid in the ingested product. This has been demonstrate time and time again, without exception.  Every time an MSG sensitive person, in our family or from outside, reported reacting to a product that did not appear to contain MSG, we were able to identify MSG (or MSG producing ingredients) in the product.  Sometimes clues came from food technologists.  Sometimes critical information came from an item's producers.  The suggestion that a product that did not contain an ingredient that contained MSG might contain an ingredient (an enzyme, for example) that produced MSG during manufacture, came from a gentleman sitting next to Jack on an airplane.

Searching farther, we found that processed free glutamic acid always contains contaminants, i.e., extraneous material, invariably produced along with production of L-glutamic acid.  D-glutamic acid and pyroglutamic acid are invariably produced with the production of L-glutamic acid.  Other contaminants vary according to the material used to produce the L-glutamic acid and the method of production.

2. FDA Adverse Reactions Monitoring System.

3. Hunter, B.T. The Great Nutrition Robbery. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978, page 135.

4. Schainker, B., and Olney, J.W. Glutamate-type hypothalamic-pituitary syndrome in mice treated with
aspartate or cysteate in infancy. J Neural Transmission. 35: 207-215, 1974.

9. Man, E.H. and Bada, J.L. Dietary D-Amino Acids. Ann. Rev. Nutr. 1987;7:209-25.

12. Pommer, K. (Novo Nordisk BioChem Inc., Franklinton, NC) Cereal Foods World. October, 1995 Vol 40. No 10. Page 745.

13. Life Sciences Research Office of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Analysis of adverse reactions to monosodium glutamate (MSG). July, 1995. Prepared for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration. Page 31.

For additional information, please visit www.truthinlabeling.org/manufac.html





Those who like video may enjoy these – if industry hasn’t had them pulled -- yet



Is MSG good for you?  Bad for you?  Watch this tape.

It was done by Vincent Bellonzi. Click here


Jack Samuels’ presentation before a Weston A. Price Foundation meeting

"60 Minutes":  click here

Sometimes this disappears. Oh the power of industry!

(But it’s there somewhere, because as fast as “they” take the page down,

someone else puts another page up.)


CBN's 4-part series on The Dangers of MSG. 


From time to time these get pulled, too.


Part 1. The Hidden Danger in Your Food

Part 2. Your Brain's Biggest Enemy

Part 3. MSG, Cancer and Your Heart

Part 4. Avoiding the MSG Threat





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Updated November / December 2017