MSG (monosodium glutamate) is commonly added to many processed foods. It’s a flavor enhancer that is also somewhat addicting. Many people are sensitive to MSG and have to avoid it completely, or suffer from body pain, headaches and exhaustion after consuming a meal that contains it.

The problem is that MSG comes under a wide variety of different names and labels. You must read labels to safely avoid MSG. If you see the words hydrolyzed, modified, or autolyzed, glutamic, glutamate or MSG, it’s healthier to stay away from it. It’s even legal now for MSG to be hidden in food and labeled as ‘spices.’ MSG belongs to a special category of chemicals known as excitotoxins, neurotoxins that can actually excite nerves to death.

Beyond all of this, MSG will make you fat.

Have you ever wondered how scientists study obesity using lab rats? How do they actually create obese lab rats? Ice cream and pizza? No. They feed them MSG, or they inject MSG into them. Voila! Fat rodents to study.

We hear about the epidemic of childhood obesity all the time. Yet a common ingredient in processed food that all children are consuming- one that has been proven to create obesity in animals-is completely ignored. Welcome to the world of processed food in America in the 21st century.

My advice? If your food has a label, you might not want to eat it. Read labels, think twice, and be aware of what you’re putting into your mouth. Millions of people in America are suffering from chronic pain because of the toxins in their food, and millions more are obese at least in part due to this toxic chemical. Is MSG making you fat or contributing to your aches and pains? Eliminate it from your diet and see what happens! Dr. Brad : )

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