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Tips for Keeping MSG Out of Your Diet, by Dr. Mecola

In general, if a food is processed you can assume it contains MSG (or one of its pseudo-ingredients). So if you stick to a whole, fresh foods diet, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll avoid this toxin.

The other place where you’ll need to watch out for MSG is in restaurants. You can ask your server which menu items are MSG-free, and request that no MSG be added to your meal, but of course the only place where you can be entirely sure of what’s added to your food is in your own kitchen.

To be on the safe side, you should also know what ingredients to watch out for on packaged foods. Here is a list of ingredients that ALWAYS contain MSG:

Autolyzed Yeast

Calcium Caseinate



Glutamic Acid

Hydrolyzed Protein

Monopotassium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate

Sodium Caseinate

Texured Protein

Yeast Extract

Yeast Food

Yeast Nutrient

These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during

Flavors and Flavorings
Natural Chicken Flavoring
Anything Enzyme Modified
Soy sauce
Corn Starch
Natural Flavors and Flavorings
Soy Protein Isolate
]Malt Extract
Citric Acid
Natural Pork Flavoring
Soy Protein
Malt Flavoring
Powdered Milk
Natural Beef Flavoring
Barley Malt
Anything Protein Fortified
Anything Ultra-Pasteurized


These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing:[10]


So if you do eat processed foods, please remember to be on the lookout for these many hidden names for MSG.

Choosing to be MSG-Free

Making a decision to avoid MSG in your diet as much as possible is a wise choice for nearly everyone. Admittedly, it does take a bit more planning and time in the kitchen to prepare food at home, using fresh, locally grown ingredients. But knowing that your food is pure and free of toxic additives like MSG will make it well worth it.

Plus, choosing whole foods will ultimately give you better flavor and more health value than any MSG-laden processed food you could buy at your supermarket.