Walmart and MSG

Pre-packed food hunt in Walmart yields disappointing results
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Monsodium Glutamate abounds in pre-packaged foods
Copyright, Neva J. Howell

I just spent about a half an hour checking ingredients in pre-packaged foods in Walmart. I was looking for something quick to fix for dinner. 50 or 60 box labels later, I realized …. I wasn’t going to find it. Every single package I checked had monosodium glutamate as an ingredient, by name, or had one to three other ingredients known to contain MSG.

I finally ended up buying whole grain pasta and organic spaghetti sauce but, even then, there was one questionable ingredient in the organic spaghetti sauce – carrageenan. Besides not being a very healthy ingredient to begin with, carrageenan often contains undisclosed MSG. Just because a product contains organic ingredients, that doesn’t mean it does not also contain excitotoxins.

The manufacturers are not doing anything illegal but I do think they are doing something unethical. They know that people will eat more of any food that contains excitotoxins like MSG and so, it’s in everything. I almost literally mean, everything.

Since they don’t have to disclose ingredients that contain MSG, they can actually add tons of it without the words monosodium glutamate ever having to be on the label at all.

I’ve noticed that even steaks, that used to be just steak, now carry this label saying they are soaked in “seasoning”. What is in the seasoning? Could it be excitotoxins?

Will it get to the point where the only way we can know we are eating excitotoxin-free food is to grow it ourselves? Or is it to that point already?

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2 thoughts on “Walmart and MSG

  1. All are complicit. The glutamate industry, food manufacturers, food suppliers, restaurants and grocery stores have let their guard down in favor of a well-honed sales pitch. They all know that their food is laced with a drug that is there for the purpose of creating an addiction to foods solely for the sake of more sales and more profits. Some have allowed themselves to be misled without checking into what glutamates really are. Either way, their ethical standards are appalling. I believe that the addition of these toxins to food is unlawful pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983 and I do not believe that the FDA has the power or authority to authorize the addition of a central nervous system exciter to our food. We must fight back by asking more and more questions about our food.

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  2. I absolutely agree that the best way consumers can make a difference is to ask questions and demand answers. I wrote Campbell’s Soup on the MSG issue and the more of us that ask the hard questions, even if we get diluted answers, the more the food manufacturers will know that we are on to this addition of MSG without calling it MSG.

    I do not appreciate not having a choice and I feel it’s almost to that point if I want to buy anything pre-packaged. Trying to find out if restaurant food contains MSG is even more frustrating because most of the people I ask either don’t even know what MSG is or they don’t know the many, many, many names of ingredients that can contain hidden MSG.

    Education and decisions made with the pocketbook and wallet can change that if enough of us decide to change it.

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