Unexplained Intestinal Cramping

Do you have unexplained gas and bloating?

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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

What may be causing your intestinal cramps, especially after eating

I discovered this when I ordered stir fry in a chain restaurant.  Within an hour of eating it, I was literally bent over with intestinal cramping.  I really thought I had food poisoning.  It wasn’t.  It was MSG.  Monosodium Glutamate.

I’ve read all the reports that say this is a harmless ingredient but, for me, it is anything but harmless.  If I consume a food with much MSG in it, I end up in intense pain.  So, if you are having unexplained intestinal cramping, check your foods for MSG and hidden MSG in the form of hydrolyzed vegetable protein or one of the other names used to hide MSG in foods.

I’d like to mention one product that normally contains a lot of MSG, just because it is often fed to children. Of course they love it because MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it makes food seem to taste better. The product I’d avoid or buy only from organic sources is Ramen Noodles. You know the kind? Cheap and easy to prepare but some of those have enough MSG in them to cause brain damage in a small child so be careful with those.

Another reason for sudden and unexplained gas or cramping is sorbitol.  Oh my gosh.  It is worse than MSG for me.  And so many foods contain it.  Surprisingly, it is also used in some homeopathic remedies. 

The list of foods containing sorbitol is way too long to print here but there’s a good list on this website:  Sorbitol Food List

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