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Discomfort proteins

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Amines are formed from proteins. They form in foods that have been fermented, aged, cured, vacuum-packed for extended periods, in the freezer for too long, or over-cooked or burned.

Amines affect behaviour because they actually have jobs in the body. They are neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, or pseudo-neurotransmitters like tyramine, which mimics adrenaline. Some are used to create an inflammatory response, like histamine. Many are vasoactive, they stimulate constriction or relaxation of blood vessels, and therefore cause migraines.

MSG is free glutamic acid, a protein. People sensitive to amines are often sensitive to MSG and vice-versa. MSG can cause sudden epileptic fits and heart attacks. MSG is a food additive that makes things taste better, or as though they contain meat. It is used to disguise bad or off-flavours, or to add flavour to bland, starch products. MSG is disguised in various forms by manufacturers who don’t want it to appear on their ingredients label.

  • Anything “hydrolysed”
  • Anything “autolysed”
  • Anything “textured”
  • Anything “isolate”
  • Anything “yeast”
  • Anything “soy”
  • Anything “milk solids”
  • Anything “powdered” including milk and egg powders
  • Any added “protein” including vegetable protein, whey protein, soy protein, wheat protein, corn protein
  • Anything “extract” including meat extract, yeast extract
  • Anything “caseinate”
  • Anything “gelatin”, “stock”, “boullion”, “concentrate”
  • Anything “natural flavourings”, “flavourings”, “spices”, “seasonings”
  • Anything “fermented”, “malt”, “maltodextrin”,”modified”, “enzymes”, “protease”
  • Anything “ultra-pasteurised”
  • Long list of MSG pseudonyms here

MSG is found in one form or other in most processed foods. Manufacturers would not be able to sell foods without it, because MSG disguises the off-flavours of rancid vegetable oils, and stale and oxidised flour and potato starch, and all the other ingredients they have added that could never be sold fresh in the shops. Some of these products even advertise themselves as “protein fortified”, or “calcium fortified” in the case of whey or other milk proteins and powders.

The thing that manufacturers love about MSG is that it is highly addictive. Once you pop you can’t stop. You’ve got to have more. You don’t eat processed foods, so you think you’re MSG-free? Go and check your fridge, see if your yoghurt contains any powdered milk.

MSG is known as a neurotoxin or an excitotoxin. Unregulated, it excites brain cells until they commit suicide. Every time you get a reaction to it you suffer a little bit of brain damage. Epileptic fits are usually associated with high levels of glutamic acid in the brain. When people’s bodies die, the brain undergoes something called the glutamate cascade, an irreversible process of cell destruction and death whereby the brain is flooded with glutamic acid. Scientists have noted that the glutamate cascade appears to be deliberately designed to kill the brain. MSG also increases hunger levels, increases insulin output, depresses the thyroid, and causes other adverse reactions like asthma, migraine headaches, and heartbeat irregularities. One of the easiest ways to give yourself a bout of insomnia, nightmares, or perversely, knock yourself out or give yourself depression is to eat some MSG.

Protein powder, stock cubes, takeaway and restaurant meals (particularly Indian and Chinese), and baby formula are some of the most concentrated sources of MSG.

Baby formula? You’ve got to be kidding, right? Who would do such a thing?

Nestlé, still a subject of much controversy over their attempts to sell baby formula in Africa, developed “comfort proteins” a few years back. As if it wasn’t bad enough that all powdered milk contains some level of MSG, Nestlé went and partially hydrolysed theirs, and they perversely sell it as some sort of health benefit! But they’re not even the worst offender. MSG is in many different brands of baby formula. Is it any wonder that baby formula is associated with higher rates of obesity?

Do you really trust these people with the life of your precious newborn? Don’t do it. It is no wonder that baby formula produces miserable, sleepless, crying babies. MSG makes me cry too. If you can’t breast feed, make your own formula from real foods, don’t be selfish.


Written by alienrobotgirl

6 March, 2006 at 7:22 pm

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  1. […] hydrolysed or partially hydrolysed, and that they contain free glutamates? I’ve blogged about glutamates in baby formula […]

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