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MSG, in the form of yeast extract, is found in many vegetarian and so-called "healthy" foods

MSG, in the form of yeast extract, is found in many vegetarian and so-called "healthy" foods

The labeling of many foods sold in supermarkets and even some health food stores contains misleading information. A tendency I've discovered that gives me pause is the use of chemical additives to improve taste, which can be found as an ingredient in many "healthy" and "natural" vegetarian products and grocery goods.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a flavor enhancer, and it has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including infertility, migraines, and obesity due to endocrine system damage. The amount of MSG found in these items is too high for it to be considered safe for human consumption. Manufacturers add it to their products to boost their attractiveness to customers by masking the foods' natural flavors. Manufacturers are reluctant to disclose the presence of MSG on their labels because they know that consumers will shun their products if they see it there.

Where do they go from here, then? They use a cover ingredient known as "yeast extract," then include yeast extract in the product and list "yeast extract" on the label. The fraud is that many vegetarian and natural health goods include chemical taste enhancers in the form of yeast extract without telling customers that they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG). Also, yeast extract is a common component of natural health products sold in supermarkets and health food stores. Soups, vegetarian mixes, some tofu mixes, and "natural" frozen foods all make use of it.

Because of my high sensitivity to monosodium glutamate (MSG), I can attest that yeast extract produces the same result. I get a nasty headache after taking even a modest amount of MSG, and it stays with me for 6–8 hours. Exactly the same effects are produced by drinking yeast extract as are produced by consuming MSG.

Manufacturers of food products don't try to hide the fact that yeast extract includes MSG; it's common knowledge. What is going on here is a transparent attempt to trick customers by giving harmful substances more innocuous-sounding names, such as "yeast extract." Personally, I think it's reckless and unethical for corporations to put yeast extract in any of their products, so I wouldn't buy anything from a company that does that. It's unethical, and we shouldn't provide money to businesses that use dishonest methods by buying their wares.

Unfortunately, many of these companies are producing items for the fake health food market. Traditional supermarket items and processed foods will typically put MSG directly on the label, which is unfortunately all too real. However, yeast extract is used in "healthy" products to hide the presence of MSG from consumers. The potential for MSG's hazardous side effects is present in both products, however, because they both contain MSG.

Do health food stores actually provide more safety than conventional supermarkets? The correct response is to never buy processed foods, regardless of how healthy they claim to be. All processed foods are bad for you. Raw ingredients, such as vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains, and healthy oils, provide the best nutrition and are what the human body was evolved to eat. 

Superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, broccoli sprouts, and sea veggies, as well as whole food supplements and organic vitamins, are all things I've recommended to you before on Achieving optimal nutrition in this manner is preferable to buying manufactured foods marketed as healthy when they actually include substances that are detrimental to the human body.

Try it out for yourself; don't just take my word for it. Check out how many different kinds of packaged goods there are that include yeast extract the next time you're in a health food store. It's especially prevalent among vegetarian options, proving that a "vegetarian" label is no guarantee of a healthy product or that the manufacturer cares about consumer health.

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