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Posted by: ToHimIPray, Monday, May 20, 2013, 8:18pm
I have been doing really well following the BTD and decided to have a few Hershey's Kisses thinking they weren't harmful. Minutes later I began to experience numbness and tingling in my tongue and my throat and tongue were beginning to swell! I didn't see anything questionable in the ingredients except "artificial flavoring". So I did some research and discovered the artificial flavoring is MSG! From what I read "artificial flavoring" isn't the only name used to diguise MSG. How are we supposed to avoid it if they don't identify it as an ingredient in food?
Posted by: Lloyd, Monday, May 20, 2013, 8:43pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from ToHimIPray
How are we supposed to avoid it if they don't identify it as an ingredient in food?


Learn not only to read labels but also to learn all the variant listings that can be used, such as hydrolyzed protein.

Besides, kisses have lots of sugar, don't they?  ;D
Posted by: Lloyd, Monday, May 20, 2013, 8:46pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from Wikipedia
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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of several forms of glutamic acid found in foods, in large part because glutamic acid, being an amino acid, is pervasive in nature. Glutamic acid and its salts can be present in a wide variety of other additives, including hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate, which must be labeled with these specialized names even though they are unfamiliar to the general public. Since 1998, MSG cannot be included in the term "spices and flavorings". The food additives disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, which are ribonucleotides, are usually used in synergy with monosodium glutamate-containing ingredients. However, the term "natural flavor" is used by the food industry when using glutamic acid (which is similar to MSG, lacking only the sodium ions). Because of lack of FDA regulation, it is impossible to determine what percentage of "natural flavor" is actually glutamic acid.[citation needed]

The FDA considers labels such as "No MSG" or "No Added MSG" to be misleading if the food contains ingredients that are sources of free glutamate, such as hydrolyzed protein. In 1993, the FDA proposed adding the phrase "contains glutamate" to the common or usual names of certain protein hydrolysates that contain substantial amounts of glutamate.
Posted by: ToHimIPray, Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:41pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Lloyd

Besides, kisses have lots of sugar, don't they?  ;D


Yep. LOL! Too much for me. Not used to it anymore. Now I regret the choice even more.

Posted by: Chloe, Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:54pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from ToHimIPray
I have been doing really well following the BTD and decided to have a few Hershey's Kisses thinking they weren't harmful. Minutes later I began to experience numbness and tingling in my tongue and my throat and tongue were beginning to swell! I didn't see anything questionable in the ingredients except "artificial flavoring". So I did some research and discovered the artificial flavoring is MSG! From what I read "artificial flavoring" isn't the only name used to diguise MSG. How are we supposed to avoid it if they don't identify it as an ingredient in food?


When I first read the title of your thread, I thought to myself "not so difficult.....just read the labels"....
but after searching to see if there were other names used to camouflage the listing of MSG on
labels, I"m realizing what a serious issue this is.  

http://www.realfoodwholehealth.com/2011/05/excitotoxins-msg-and-hidden-names/

I'm thinking we all need to focus on the fruit and vegetable aisle in markets.....to buy whole grains
in their natural form. prepare as much food in our own kitchens  as we can, and stay away from all packaged
foods with questionable ingredients.... I know, this is rather difficult....but if the goal is
to avoid excitotoxins, then I'm afraid becoming ultra diligent is the only solution. Sorry you had such a bad
experience with a Hershey's kiss....that's a bummer!  :(  Dark chocolate is usually safer.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:17am; Reply: 5
The "artificial flavoring" in the chocolate was more likely vanillin than MSG, but still bad news. You could have reacted to the artificial flavoring, or the corn syrup, or the sheer quantity of sugar in the product.

It's not hard to  avoid MSG if you stay away from processed foods, and anything with random additives in the ingredient list. If you can't identify something in the ingredients (including natural or artificial flavors or colors) then don't eat it.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:23am; Reply: 6
Ingredients in which MSG is hidden:

http://square--peg.blogspot.com/2013/03/notes-from-science-of-skinny.html

Basically don't eat any processed food.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 12:12pm; Reply: 7
don't eat any processed food for a few weeks and you then won't be addicted to msg.
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