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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 us 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.

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