There are various ingredients that should never be found inside the human body – and Vivien Veil is sorry to report that monosodium glutamate (and its 40 plus hidden names) is one of them.
By: Vivien Veil
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the most poisonous ingredients ever created. Thus you can imagine my surprise when I spotted MSG in one of my ‘favourite’ foods – a vegan cheese that’s ironically sold in health stores. This lethal flavour enhancer is not only in restaurants, fast food joints, and every grocery store in the world, but it’s already on the shelves of popular health shops like Planet Organic, Holland & Barrett, and Whole Foods.
From crisps (chips), canned soups, salad dressings, gravy, bouillon cubes, spices, beer, wine, chicken, meat, and marinades to instant noodles, cheese, whey protein, soy protein, Marmite, cakes, and vegetarian/vegan processed foods – this silent killer is found everywhere.
Why is MSG so dangerous?
Scientific research shows monosodium glutamate damages the brain and produces severe brain degeneration – not to mention it’s been linked to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other neurological disorders. Monosodium glutamate, an excitotoxin, causes brain cells to fire so rapidly that the cell becomes so exhausted that it dies an hour or so after eating it!
Is it really worth eating Pringles, Doritos, Campbell’s Soups, Nando’s sauces and Violife vegan cheese if studies show that it can permanently kill your brain cells? The reason why people can’t give up their precious MSG-laden foods is because MSG stimulates certain cells in the brain and tongue – causing cravings and even addiction.
It’s no wonder food companies are adding astronomical amounts of MSG to our foods – claiming it’s safe or deceptively labelling it as:
- Glutamic Acid
- Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
- Glutamate (E 620)
- Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
- Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
- Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
- Vegetable Protein
- Natural flavors/Natural flavours
- Yeast Extract
- Yeast Food
- Natural Flavoring/Flavouring
- Whey Protein Extract
- Autylyzed Yeast
- Sodium Caseinate
- Calcium Caseinate
- Natrium Glutamate
- Textured Protein
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Worchester Sauce
- Soy Sauce
- Whey Protein Concentrate
- Guar Gum
- Locust Bean Gum
- Malt Extract
- Barley Malt
- Protein Fortified
- Disodium 5′-guanaylate
- Disodium 5′-inosinate
- Disodium 5′-ribonucleotides
And the list goes on and on. And believe it or not, there are even some vaccines that contain monosodium glutamate. Now either the makers of those brands are ignorant to the dangers of MSG, or their moral and ethical judgments have been clouded by riches, power, evil, and success.
In 1957, two ophthalmologists named Lucas and Newhouse fed monosodium glutamate to mice, and they found that the MSG totally destroyed all of the nerve cells in the retina of the eye. Yet today, we have scientists like Steve Witherly and Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal claiming MSG is good for you. Studies show MSG kills eye cells and harms critical parts of the brain in mice. Plus, animals fed MSG are grossly obese. The flavour enhancer alters the part of the brain that has to do with obesity, and even human studies prove the link between obesity and monosodium glutamate.
According to retired neurosurgeon, Dr Russell Blaylock, MSG also has a negative effect on intellectual development, especially in the first four years of life. “A scientist took animals that were pregnant and exposed them to MSG. Then, she tested the offspring and found that they initially looked perfectly normal, and when they did simple tests for intellectual function, they’d pass with flying colors. However, when they tested the offspring with more complex problem solving, the animals were severely impaired,” said Blaylock.
I can only imagine the effects on humans. How many of us grew up knowing our ABC’s and other basic educational tasks, yet had trouble in algebra, physics, calculus, or anything to do with intense cognitive functioning?
“The scientist then measured the neurotransmitters in the brain in those offspring to see what happened and found that there was an 80% reduction of a transmitter called acetyl choline in the frontal lobes of the offspring’s brain. Acetyl choline is absolutely vital for learning and memory. There was also a reduction in the neurotransmitter norephinphrine,” declared Blaylock. Norepinephrine is one of the neurotransmitters involved in ADHD, and it plays an essential role in paying attention, concentration, and thinking clearly.
Furthermore, scientists found mice were intellectually impaired after being fed MSG for a month, but for some reason, the food industry either doesn’t care or they’ve succumbed to the lie that “there’s not one scientific paper that proves MSG is dangerous. It’s just a silly conspiracy.”
Just read what British chef Heston Blumenthal thinks about MSG:
“The biggest old wives tale is that MSG is bad for you. That is complete and utter nonsense!”
People like Steve Witherly, Heston Blumenthal, the FDA, and the food industry must think you and I are a bunch of idiots. Sadly, those who fall into the “MSG is safe” category are severely deceived.
My encounter with MSG deception
I’m a huge fan of health shops like Planet Organic and Whole Foods. And no, I’m not a hippy. I’m just a well-educated journalist, nutritionist, and researcher who personally understands the benefits of eating healthy food. I grew up eating the standard American diet and know what it feels like to be sick, depressed and tired. As there’s a lack of variety in the healthy food section at most grocery stores, I sometimes visit my local health shops if I ever want to buy toxic-free beauty products, healthy desserts, or if I want to have a 100% organic meal.
I spotted Violife vegan cheese while hunting for sandwich ingredients at Planet Organic (I eat vegan cheese as “real” cheese gives me acne). I quickly scanned the label and thought everything was okay. I naively thought that this cheese sold at a “trusted” health shop would never contain any MSG, especially when its package innocently states: Free from dairy, soya, gluten, lactose, nuts, and preservatives. I happily shared it with my family, and boy did they love it! We were all hooked!
I remembered my “beloved” Violife vegan cheese after seeing a lecture by Dr Russell Blaylock on the dangers of MSG. After the lecture, I quickly grabbed the cheese from my fridge and saw – FLAVOURINGS. I learned that “flavourings” is just another hidden name for MSG, so I emailed Violife. Afterwards, I scoured their website and found two questions relating to MSG in their FAQ section (see the image below).
Violife replied two days later, but their reply to me was slightly different from the text on their website (see the image above).
They told me in an email, “Our flavourings contain no added MSG. It is our policy.”
The “no added MSG” raises a red flag. Companies may allege that there’s “no added MSG” – but don’t be fooled by their tricks and tomfoolery. Companies have discovered a new way to hookwink trusting individuals with the statement:
“No added MSG” or “No MSG added”
Saying “No added MSG” or “No MSG added” means the company can order ingredients or spices that already contain MSG, and then utilise it in their own food. As long as they don’t physically add monosodium glutamate to their food, they can shrewdly claim there’s “no added MSG.”
This dishonest ploy tricks people into believing there’s actually no MSG in the product – thus allowing the unsuspecting customer to tuck into the company’s food guilt-free.
I immediately wrote them back asking if the flavourings in their cheese contains any MSG. I have yet to hear back from them. *crickets chirping*
Violife also told me, “MSG occurs naturally in nature so products such as our Violife Tomato & Basil does contain some naturally occurring MSG from the tomato we add.”
Similarly, the food industry tries to mislead people by saying that “MSG occurs naturally in nature, like in tomatoes.” Even the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that monosodium glutamate is natural, so it’s no surprise people are perplexed with all of this “MSG is natural” debacle.
The average person will hear that and say, “God created monosodium glutamate because it’s in tomatoes. These health nuts who keep telling me MSG is bad news are just spreading FAKE NEWS! Now let me enjoy my Doritos in peace.”
That’s how the food industry twists the truth. According to Dr Blaylock, precise amounts of natural glutamate are needed in the brain. If there’s too little or too much glutamate, it’ll ruin the connections and pathways in the brain. The monosodium glutamate created in 1908 by Japanese professor, Kikunae Ikeda, is different from the natural glutamate found in green peas, mushrooms, olives, and tomatoes. This misinformation is causing so much confusion in the online world. There are as many websites defending MSG as there are websites attacking MSG.
The coca plant that’s primarily grown in Colombia is natural, so does that mean cocaine is safe and good for us? The opium poppy flower that’s primarily grown in Afghanistan is natural, so does that mean heroin is safe and good for us? The nicotiana tabacum plant is natural, so does that mean smoking or chewing tobacco is safe and good for us? I’ll stop now as I’m sure you got the picture.
I hope Violife explains what “flavourings” is exactly and that they genuinely demonstrate through tests for “free glutamic acid content” that there is absolutely ZERO free glutamic acid (monosodium glutamate) in their products – especially if they want to keep people like me as clients. However, I won’t be buying their products anymore unless they can provide concrete evidence that their products DO NOT contain any MSG whatsoever.
There are hundreds of companies like Violife, so please check the labels of your favourite foods, especially if you’re at a health store. One thing is for unhealthy companies like Pizza Hut, KFC, Chick-fil-A, and Knorr to contain MSG in their products. I mean, it’s common sense they are going to have rubbish ingredients in their food. While we must still warn others about those companies, we must painstakingly expose companies like Violife who are stealthily “poisoning” health-conscious people – people who actually go out of their way to avoid excitotoxins like MSG.
Even if you believe MSG is safe, I implore you to thoroughly research the risks of consuming monosodium glutamate – especially if you are pregnant or have children of your own. The baby in your womb and your children are pure and innocent – they don’t know anything about excitotoxins like monosodium glutamate. Why jeopardise the health of these innocent beings – all because you blindly trust what the authorities tell you? Why allow the corrupt food industry to use your children as guinea pigs? Feeding your children MSG will permamently affect their health and brain function as countless studies already show.
I urge you to read Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills by retired neurosurgeon, Dr Russell Blaylock. It’s one of the best books you will ever own.
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“We’re seeing a society that not only has a lot more people of lower IQ, but a lot fewer people of higher IQ. In other words, a chemical dumbing down of society — so everyone is sort of mediocre. That leaves them dependent on government because they can’t excel. We have these people with lower IQ that are totally dependent. Then we have this mass of people who are going to believe everything they’re told because they can’t really think clearly.
And very few people of a very high IQ who have good cognitive function who can figure this all out. And that’s what they want. So you can kind of piece it together as to why they are so insistent in spending hundreds of millions of dollars of propaganda money to dumb down society.”
– Dr Russell Blaylock on what excitotoxins like MSG are doing to the population and why our leaders won’t put an end to it.