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Old 12-08-2005, 10:58 PM   #1
Kemal Eren
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heres a thought-provoking read. basically links MSG and aspartic acid to hypothalamus damage, and thus obesity. the parts about fetus and infant exposure are particularly scary. any thoughts?

http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Obesity%20epidemic.html
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Old 12-09-2005, 07:29 AM   #2
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Fascinating.

The comments about vaccines has me kind of worried though. As that seems to be an area where the chemicals are much harder to avoid.

Personally I find that holding to my rule of thumb "if it comes in a package don't eat it" keeps me well away from most mainstream foods.

I had to email it to some family members though, as they regulary use MSG as a seasoning (that is when I am not there to complain about it), basing the argument upon the fact that MSG can be found in tomatos...
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Old 12-09-2005, 07:35 AM   #3
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I suspect that website has a hidden agenda... a litigious one most likely.

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Old 12-09-2005, 10:47 AM   #4
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yeah brad, i never know when to trust this kind of article. that's why i posted it, i'm hoping someone like robb can shed some light on it.

i've searched the forums, but there's not much on msg

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Old 12-09-2005, 10:58 AM   #5
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Kemal-

I'd just have to second Ian's coment. If it is packaged/processed you may have some problems!

The MSG thing is interesting. I lived with a Cambodian family that used the stuff like crazy with no problems. Then there is this:

Reif-Lehrer L. Related Articles, Links
Abstract Possible significance of adverse reactions to glutamate in humans.
Fed Proc. 1976 Sep;35(11):2205-11. Review.
PMID: 782921 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Really not much information on the topic.
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Old 12-09-2005, 11:18 AM   #6
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ok, thanks robb!

i'm with ian that it's more about my family than me. its not that i'm trying to make them totally rethink their diets. i'd settle for getting them to eat vegetables.
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:48 PM   #7
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_Glutamate

This ref. looks much easier than the one I wanted to post (1K pages or so).
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:59 PM   #8
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Is it safe? In my opinion, yes, it’s probably fine, as long as you don't eat kilograms of the stuff. Is it necessary for flavor and/or does it have health benefits? In my opinion, no. Why use an additive unless you really need to?
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