I’ve decided that Monday’s are going to be the Weekly “What’s REALLY in Our Food” articles. Most people are unaware or if they have hears about the dangers of certain additives, chemicals, etc., they don’t put two and two together and realize they are consuming them in large numbers. I’ve had a few friends quit drinking diet sodas due to articles I’ve posted on Facebook and had major pluses in their health: one lost 13 lbs. in a month just by switching from diet Coke to water…nothing else changed in her diet but she was drinking 8-10 cans a day!! Another was having major arthritis-type symptoms and all of them went away once he quit drinking 5-6 bottles of Diet Mountain Dew a day. Connection, oh yeah.
One of the most prevalent additives to our food today is MSG. I recall years ago hearing that it might not be good for us, but it continues to be added to our food at an alarming rate. The way to avoid it: buy single ingredient foods that don’t have a bar code…produce, lean proteins, high quality grains. The less processing the better.
As I’ve said numerous times…if it has a bar code, that should be your first clue that you should pass on it!
Here is an article from Food Matters, that explains the many dangers of MSG:
The Dangers of MSG
by Barbara L. Minton
(NaturalNews) MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate is a salt that is chemically converted into a flavour enhancer. Research has shown that MSG, found in most popular processed foods, causes weight gain and obesity in lab animals by damaging the appetite regulation center in the area of the brain known as the hypothalamus, causing leptin resistence. Leptin is the hormone that controls how much a person feels like eating. The fullness, gratification and satisfaction that come from having eaten is completely lost when MSG is consumed, leading to an urge to eat that never stops. A recent cross-sectional study in China supports the conclusion that what was seen in the animal studies also applies to people.
Study finds using MSG can cause weight gain
The study, reported in the August edition of Obesity examined the association between MSG intake and weight gain in humans. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study involving 752 healthy Chinese people ages 40-59. These people were randomly sampled from three rural villages in north and south China. Forty-eight percent were women. The great majority of the participants prepared their foods at home, without use of commercially processed foods. For the study, participants were told to add quantified amounts of MSG when preparing their foods. Eighty-two percent of the participants were MSG users. Their average intake was 330 milligrams per day.
After adjusting for confounders including physical activity and total energy intake, the researchers found that MSG consumption was positively related to increases in body mass index. Weight gain was significantly greater in MSG users than in nonusers. For the third of participants using the highest amount of MSG, the odds of reaching overweight status were between 2.10 and 2.75 greater than for nonusers.
In the end, it is all about educating yourself on what you are eating. My nutrition coaching clients learn how to read food labels (citric acid is another name for MSG) to empower themselves. Many are doing everything they can to lose weight or get healthy but nothing seems to be working. Many times it can be linked to what they THOUGHT were healthy foods really aren’t. Also, they may not be eating enough of the right kinds of foods. Not sure, contact me and I will show you how easy it really CAN be.
In Total Health,
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