Genuine? Wait, what?

(Author’s note: When I came upon Colleen Christensen’s November 12th blog, the first thing I noticed was this caveat at the top: “This post was developed in a sponsored partnership with Ajinomoto however, as always, all opinions are genuine.”)

I’m betting that Colleen Christensen Nutrition is not the least bit interested in publishing my comments to her blog, “MSG (MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE): OK TO EAT.”

I’ll apologize to her if I’ve misjudged, but years of reading glutamate-industry propaganda tell me that she’s just another bird in the glutamate-industry’s nest of journalists-for-hire – and that’s not a wild guess, either. Not only does the blog start out by saying that it comes from a “sponsored partnership with Ajinomoto,” but it contains links to official glutamate industry disinformation.

Colleen ended her blog with the following paragraph:

Despite much of the negativity we see associated with MSG, the ingredient is safe to consume and offers real taste and nutrition benefits (like sodium reduction.) Many of the misperceptions around this ingredient are rooted in racism, misinformation, and flawed studies.”

Here’s my response:


You’re probably not interested in the fact that ingestion of free glutamate in processed food, snacks, protein powders and protein drinks, protein substitutes, dietary supplements, enteral care products, infant formula and pharmaceuticals may contribute to accumulation of free glutamate that causes brain damage and adverse reactions such as heart irregularities, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, and seizures as well as abnormalities such as obesity, reproductive dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative disease.  But just in case I’ve misjudged, I’ll share information with you here that I have shared with others.


1. Seven lines of evidence leading to the conclusion that manufactured free glutamate, no matter where it is found, is excitotoxic:

2. Adverse reactions known to be caused by MSG:

3. Names of the 40+ ingredients that contain Manufactured free Glutamate (MfG):

4. It Wasn’t Alzheimer’s It Was MSG – a true story, Samuels A. (2003).

5. Samuels A. The toxicity/safety of processed free glutamic acid (MSG): a study in suppression of information. Account Res. 1999;6(4):259-310.
doi: 10.1080/08989629908573933. PMID: 11657840.

6. Samuels A. (2020) Dose dependent toxicity of glutamic acid: a review, International Journal of Food Properties, 23:1, 412-419, DOI: 10.1080/10942912.2020.1733016

7. Truth in Labeling Campaign website:

8. Seven lines of evidence leading to the conclusion that manufactured free glutamate, no matter where it is found, is excitotoxic, website:

9. Glutamate-induced – on

Note: It is only since 1957 that there has been sufficient free glutamate available to cause it to be excitotoxic


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