Yesterday you said tomorrow.
The following ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG:
Yeast extract, Maltodextrin
Hydrolyzed oat flour
These two OFTEN contain MSG:
What is MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)? It is a flavor enhancer that causes symptoms including headaches, weakness, killing of brain cells, and flushing. An example of product that contains MSG: Ensure. MSG makes things “taste” good. But MSG is simply not good for you.
I’ve come across Maltodextrin a few times and not knowing what it was, just placed the item back on the shelf. Here is what it is and a case from fitsugar.com where it is okay to consume Maltodextrin…I think?
If you’re obsessed with reading labels, then you’ve probably come across the ingredient maltodextrin. Sounds like some type of sugar, but is it safe to eat? It’ll settle your mind to know that this common additive is an easily digestible carbohydrate made from rice, corn, or potato starch (celiacs beware — it can also be derived from barley or wheat). It’s made by cooking down the starch, and then acid and/or enzymes break the starch down even further.
Maltodextrin is a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener or a filler since it’s fairly inexpensive, as well as in pharmaceuticals as a binding agent. You’ll find it in canned fruits, snacks, cereal, desserts, instant pudding, sauces, and salad dressings. Since it contains fewer calories than sugar, it’s also found in sugar substitutes, such as Splenda or Equal.
Maltodextrin is usually used in such small amounts that it doesn’t have a significant impact in terms of the amount of protein, fat, carbohydrate, or fiber it adds to foods. Although maltodextrin is processed and it’s not the healthiest thing to put in our bodies, at least we know it’s made from real food, not some nasty chemicals. <–ehh, I’m still wary
My favorite market, JUMBO, sells MSG. Lol, oh that super seasoning.
Does MorningStar contain MSG?
Yes, but only in “small amounts.” But you only need a sprinkle of MSG to be unhealthy and have unfortunate side effects.
If you want to avoid MSG in soy products, buy LightLife products.
Here is an email sent to this blogger from MorningStar:
Morningstar Farms® Consumer Affairs 020901656A …
From: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>… Add to Contacts To: email@example.com
Thank-you for contacting us concerning the monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in some of our products. Our nutritionists and food scientists work very hard to develop products that are acceptable for our consumers. Small amounts of MSG are used in the product to achieve the desired taste and texture. We would never use an ingredient that is unsafe for our consumers. The Food and Drug Administration, the National Academy of Science, and the American Medical Association all have affirmed the safety of MSG. Even so we understand there is a limited population who have shown a sensitivity to it. Glutamate occurs naturally in protein-containing foods such as cheese, milk, mushrooms, meat, fish, and many vegetables. Glutamate is also produced by the human body and is vital for metabolism and brain function. We are sorry to learn that this ingredient has caused concern for you. We will share your comments with our food development teams. We do have many other products that do not contain MSG that you might enjoy. Thanks, again, for your inquiry. We hope you will find this information helpful.
Best of health,
Mark A. Suriano Consumer Specialist Consumer Affairs