Your favorite foods contain MSG, which is making you fat & ill

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MSG, monosodium glutamate, enhances flavor, so it’s added to a lot of foods. Whenever I ate something with MSG, my throat and ears would itch, and my outer ears would turn bright red. I tried to avoid it whenever possible, but one time, I had soup at a Chinese restaurant, and had to run outside because I thought I was going to throw up. I ended up dry-heaving in the parking lot. After I was able to breathe normally, and my stomach calmed down. I went back inside the restaurant, and asked, again, if anything had MSG. “No.” Is what the waitress replied. I asked, “What about the soup? Maybe you didn’t add MSG to the soup, but does it already have MSG in it?” She said, “Ah, yes, the soup has MSG.” Ever since that incident, I haven’t had any soup at an Asian restaurant.

I’m not alone in having a negative reaction after consuming MSG added to foods. Some people “…may experience side effects like hives, swelling of the throat, headache, and fatigue….” In addition, “MSG consumption has been linked to obesity, liver damage, blood sugar fluctuations, elevated heart disease risk factors, behavioral problems, nerve damage, and increased inflammation…” (1).

“Some human research has demonstrated that consuming MSG may promote weight gain and increase hunger, food intake, and your risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that raises your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes” (1).

Doritos, Pringles, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich, and Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Extra Crispy Chicken Breast are just some of the foods that contain MSG (1). To avoid MSG, ask for the ingredient lists, and read every label, every time.

Photo: Chinese food, especially fast food, is notorious for adding MSG and chemicals to the food, since it’s not fresh and heavily processed.


  1. Source: “8 Foods That Contain MSG.” Healthline Nutrition. On-line. Retrieved Feb 21, 2020.

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