Monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, is considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) food. Because of this, you would most likely consider foods containing MSG to not have any adverse effect on your health. However, the FDA has acknowledged that MSG may cause issues for certain individuals, including asthmatics and persons with a low tolerance to monosodium glutamate.
In addition to the FDA’s acknowledgement that this additive may affect the above-mentioned individuals, other people believe that MSG has more of a negative effect on a larger percentage of the population.
In fact, some scientific researchers (including Russell Blaylock, author of a book titled “Excitotoxins the Taste that Kills”), have seen a greater correlation between MSG consumption – especially in quantities of 3 grams or more – and negative health effects.
Some common health problems linked to increased MSG intake include:
Aggravation of health conditions, including BPH symptom flare-ups
- Headaches, including migraines
- Heart irregularities
- Increased body heat or excessive sweating
- Skin rash
- Increased or intense thirst
- Lethargy or sleepiness
Additional serious health concerns linked to the additive by researchers like Blaylock, include
- Brain cell death
- Brain damage
- Brain Tumors
Robert Rosenthal, who was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, was able to track the flare-ups of his benign prostatic hyperplasia ( BPH ) symptoms. Rosenthal discovered that foods containing MSG seemed to trigger the painful symptoms of his BPH . By avoiding those foods – and other triggers – Rosenthal was able to limit the outbreaks of his enlarged prostate symptoms.
Unfortunately, even with evidence – like that of Rosenthal and Blaylock – the FDA still has monosodium glutamate on its GRAS list. This can give the false impression that MSG is as safe as other items on that list, like salt, pepper, and vinegar. If you find yourself suffering from any of the adverse effects listed above, review what you are eating, contact your doctor, and consider cutting out foods with MSG from your diet.