MSG Side Effects + Hidden Sources You Should Avoid

Few foods are surrounded by as much controversy and conflicting information as monosodium glutamate. 

Adding to this confusion are the many hidden sources of MSG.

Plenty of food labels boast “No MSG” but that claim doesn’t really mean anything. Here you’ll find the hidden MSG ingredients you should avoid.

If you’ve been confused about MSG, it’s no wonder. The Food and Drug Administration classifies the substance as GRAS (generally recognized as safe).

What is MSG?

MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a non-essential amino acid common in many foods and naturally present in our bodies.

The role of glutamic acid in the body

Don’t be deceived by the “non-essential” designation of this amino acid. This simply indicates that the human body can manufacture it out of other amino acids.

Glutamic acid actually plays a crucial role in our nervous system.