You probably know that MSG is in a lot of Chinese foods. Did you know it is also in many of the foods we eat every day? Its name is Monosodium Glutamate, and it’s deadly.

MSG is an excitotoxin. It is a neurotoxin that literally excites your brain cells to death. It is poison in your body. MSG interrupts your body’s ability to regulate appetite because it damages the part of the brain that controls appetite.

Unfortunately, our children’s developing brains are four times more vulnerable than an adult’s brain to the effects of neurotoxins. MSG crosses the blood/brain barrier and causes the developing nerve fibers to be miswired. There is no safe limit of MSG for a child and there are no limits to the amount that can be put in our foods. MSG can affect mood and can cause depression. It is difficult to stay away from, but it is worth the trouble.

Why is it so difficult to stay away from? It’s in everything! MSG is in practically all fast foods, many packaged and processed foods, processed meats, frozen meals, soup mixes, potato chips, snack foods, salad dressings, many other foods, and even in some cosmetics and shampoos.

Another reason you might have trouble keeping MSG out of your kid’s diet is that it can go by many names. Learn what ingredients can mean MSG and stay clear of them as much as possible. It is difficult to stay away from, but knowing what to look for can greatly reduce the amount of MSG you and your family consume. Here’s the list:

Ingredients that ALWAYS mean MSG:
Monosodium glutamate, glutamate, anything hydrolyzed, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, yeast food, textured protein, autolyzed yeast, gelatin

Ingredients that MIGHT mean MSG:
Natural flavors, artificial flavors, seasonings, soy or whey protein (concentrate or isolate), bullion, enzymes anything, malt extract, malt flavoring, barley malt, carrageenan, corn starch, and many more

See what I mean? Start reading ingredients and you will be surprised at how many foods may contain MSG. What happens when we unknowingly feed our kids a serving of MSG at each meal, every day, week, month…You get the picture.

I hope you will take this message to heart and really pay attention to those ingredient labels. Just a few changes here and there can make a difference in the long term health of your children.

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My name is Lisa Greene and I have struggled for years with my child's food sensitivities that have manifested in behavior issues, hyperactivity, impulsivity, cavities, facial tics, and much more. Years of research has taught me what works, what children need in their diet, and what to avoid.

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