Migraine Headaches and Monosodium Glutamate Essay

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Migraine Headaches and Monosodium Glutamate

For a countless number of years now, my sister has experienced excruciating migraine headaches; ones that keep her out of school too much during the year. She has seen different doctors and they have all tried to figure out what the cause is, but so far, it is yet to be done. I started looking around and saw that MSG has been know to trigger migraine headaches, and it occurred that this could be a possibility in my sister’s case.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a salt added to foods to enhance flavor. This additive helps to bring out natural flavors that make foods taste their best. MSG is made from starch, corn sugar, or molasses from sugar cane or sugar beets and is produced
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Food processing companies disguise it with many names (permitted by the Food and Drug Administration). Sufferers try to avoid foods with MSG on the label, completely unaware of the additional names that MSG goes by. Patients also believe that their symptoms are due to an allergic reaction to the product, which isn’t the case. They are experiencing signs of toxic poisoning, and anyone who intakes MSG in a sufficient quantity can experience this as well. (http://www.magicnet.net/~btnature/page3.html)

So Where is the MSG Hiding?
The following are a few products that ALWAYS contain MSG:

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Hydrolyzed Protein: (plant, vegetable, any kind)
Sodium or Calcium Caseinate
Autolyzed Yeast, Yeast Extract
Yeast Food, Yeast Nutrient
Textured Protein
Glutamic Acid
Monopotassium Glutamate
Gelatin

The following products may contain MSG or create MSG during processing:

Natural Flavors, flavoring, flavors, natural “anything” flavor
Bouillon or Stock
Broth (chicken, beef, any kind)
Carrageenan
Whey protein, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate
Soy sauce, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate
Malt Extract or Flavoring, Malted Barley
Maltodextrin
Anything Protein fortified
Anything Fermented
Anything Ultra Pasteurized
Anything Enzyme-modified

According to FDA’s definition, all MSG occurs

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