Truth in Labeling? Hidden MSG Ingredients

Nutrition Tips with Julia O’Loughlin, RHN
Did you know that there are over 30 names for MSG? Most people don’t, which is no coincidence! Manufacturers have become acutely aware that the preference of most consumers is to not have MSG in their food. The overwhelming response to this preference has unfortunately not been to remove it, but, rather, to hide it in a label that contains only ingredient names consumers will not recognize as containing MSG. Using this technique, products that do in fact contain MSG, can “legitimately” advertise “No MSG” or “No MSG Added.” See below for a list of MSG containing ingredients and read all labels before purchasing your food, even those that claim to be organic!

Food label names that always contain some MSG:

  • monosodium glutamate
  • hydrolyzed protein
  • monopotassium glutamate
  • textured protein
  • glutamate
  • hydrolyzed oat flour
  • glutamic acid
  • yeast nutrient
  • gelatin
  • autolyzed yeast
  • calcium caseinate
  • yeast extract
  • sodium caseinate
  • yeast food
  • natural flavouring
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