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MSG & Sweetener – what have they got in common that cause brain damage??

May 6th, 2012

The answer is EXCITOTOXINS; glutamate in MSG and aspartame in artificial sweeteners. Excessive excitotoxins overstimulate neurons (brain cells) to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. MSG works synergistically with aspartame to create even more damage to brain cells.

Avoid them at all cost! Read on to find out why. You will be shocked at what you are about to read.

 

So what is MSG?

It stands for Monosodium Glutamate, the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Chinese Stir Fry

 

Where can I find MSG?

Low levels of MSG are found naturally in many foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, spinach and grapes. It is commonly used as flavour enhancer in Chinese foods, snack foods, chips, savoury foods, sauces, packet soups, packaged meals and preserved meats.

 

How can I tell whether certain food has glutamate?

Look for these numbers or names on food labelling

621 – Monosodium L-glutamate (MSG)

622 – Monopotassium L-glutamate

623 – Calcium glutamate

624 – Monoammonium L-glutamate

625 – Magnesium glutamate

Watch out for other non-regulated, hidden sources of MSG such as hydrolysed vegetable or plant protein, plant protein extract, yeast extract, flavourings and seasonings. For a comprehensive list, click here

 

 

ASPARTAME – what is it?

It is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener composed of three ingredients; two amino acids (aspartic acid and phenylalanine) and a methyl ester bond.

 

Aspartame - Excitotoxins

Aspartame in Soft Drinks

Where can I find aspartame?

It has been marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It is not only commonly found in ‘diet’ sugar-free and low-sugar foods and soft drinks but also in mainstream foods such as snacks, desserts, cordials, juices, yoghurts and chewing gum.

 

What do I look for on food labels?

951 – Aspartame

962 – Aspartame Acesulphame salt 

 

 

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