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40 different names for MSG:

Published July 26, 2015 by AntiqueMystique1

You learn something new everyday. Although not fascinated by a long shot, I was cringing as I read more into the MSG ‘flavor enhancer’, ‘natural flavoring’, and anything ending in “acid” that’s dumped into a lot of beverages and when I thoroughly read the list, I did some MAJOR cleaning out of my fridge and quit consuming and wasting my money on pre-made bottled tea.

And I was impressed that in my first week of stamping out MSG in most of the things I consumed, the pounds began to melt faster and have stayed off.

So, where’s the list? Here it is.

Glutamic acid = MSG


Monosodium glutamate

Monopotassium glutamate

Calcium glutamate

Monoammonium glutamate

Magnesium glutamate

Natrium glutamate

Anything “hydrolyzed”

Any “hydrolyzed protein”

Calcium caseinate,  Sodium caseinate

Yeast extract, Torula yeast

Yeast food, Yeast nutrient

Autolyzed yeast


Textured protein

Whey protein

Whey protein concentrate

Whey protein isolate

Soy protein

Soy protein concentrate

Soy protein isolate

Anything “protein”

Anything “protein fortified”

Soy sauce

Soy sauce extract

Anything “enzyme modified”

Anything containing “enzymes”

Anything “fermented”

Anything containing “protease”


Bouillon and broth


Any “flavors” or “flavoring”

Natural flavor



Citric acid, Citrate

Anything “ultra-pasteurized”

Barley malt

Malted barley

Brewer’s yeast


Malt extract

Corn starch
Corn syrup
Modified food starch
Lipolyzed butter fat

Rice syrup

Brown rice syrup
Milk powder
Reduced fat milk (skim; 1%; 2%)
most things “low fat” or “no fat”
anything “enriched”

anything “vitamin enriched”

anything “pasteurized”



Balsamic vinegar

certain amino acid chelates (Citrate, aspartate, and glutamate are used as chelating agents with mineral supplements.

Looks like I’ll be scouting for a table salt that doesn’t contain any dextrose. I had my suspicions about this sneaky ingredient and now that I know what it is, I’ll reserve my table salt for salting the sidewalk when winter comes. Unfortunately, I do use distilled white vinegar for pickling and canning. As far as the Balsamic vinegar goes, that can go bye-bye. It was no wonders why I was still suffering migraines after I ate and drank pre-processed junk and this list has been my life saver because who wants to go around feeling miserable all of the time if they don’t have to? Not me.

So what is there left to eat and drink?

Natural whole foods, fresh produce, fruit and nuts and maybe a trip to a health food store rather than the common grocery store. And another thing that will be fazed out of my pantry will be butter and dry milk products since I see its on the list. And butter since I now know it contains milk especially.

I’m also writing this on the heels that most food companies don’t have to list any ingredients containing GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), either… which is bad for many that want to remain healthy and try to eat well as humanly possible. And they claim, “Oh, but GMO’s aren’t bad for you,”

Yeah, right… anything man made cooked up in a lab all in the name of either science or to play god and mess with the food chain is something to get very upset over. I, for one, am against GMO’s but do have to deal with them and hybrid plants and veggies every summer. I believe this also depletes any nutritional value the veggies and/ or fruits may have had going for them.

Hidden sugars in other foods: crackers, breads, etc.

Published June 16, 2015 by AntiqueMystique1

And just when I thought I had kicked that darned sugar habit, I uncover more hidden ingredients in common everyday foods. What’s sickening about it? Sugar is more addictive than cocaine so I’ve been told. So what else does sugar lurk in?

Crackers. Yep, there was a reason why these tasted less salty and more sugary. I very quickly did some fridge cleaning tonight.

Breads- store bought. Since I was really trying to quit consuming bread simply because it contains hidden sugar and dough conditioners to give it it’s elasticity, I’ve been bread-free for well over two years now. I simply won’t consume it or purchase anything made with commercial bread. When I do make bread at home, I use honey instead of sugar. I also love to make my own pretzel bread with a dusting of course salt on top. It tastes a lot like a big round pretzel, but dense (not spongy and puny like most store bought bread is).

Cereal is a huge one for raking in all the hidden sugars and I don’t ever consume them. Same with the flavored oatmeal packages which I believe depending on what flavor can pack 19 to 29 grams of sugar per serving alone.

Yogurt is another one loaded with sugars. Again, it might seem healthy since yogurt contains probiotics which is healthy bacteria your gut makes naturally too. However, if its flavored yogurt it will contain more than just sugar, but those nasty Blue Lake, Yellow Lake and Red Lake food colorings that are best avoided whenever possible.

Tortillas—I don’t know just how many hidden sugars are lurking in a package of tortillas, but they do have an usual shiny-like coating on them that to me, seems very gross. I suppose this is the dough conditioner used to make the tortilla pliable. However, after I found out how to make home made tortillas the other night, I am never wasting my money on store-bought tortillas again. And making tortillas from scratch is so easy! I won’t say that the clean up afterwards is a breeze because its not. But the hard work is well worth it. Just keep in mind home made tortillas must be refrigerated and/ or frozen.
I am sure there are many more foods, especially potato chips that likely contain hidden sugars just as they contain ‘flavor enhancers’ which is a gentle name for MSG (mono-sodium-glutamate). MSG has been my long time enemy that gives me migraines. Therefore, I have to be extremely vigilant on what kinds of food it might be lurking in. In fact, I believe there’s a condiment called “Ac’cent” and its nothing more than MSG. On a side note, ever feel hungry after you consume a pre-box dinner, TV dinner or anything else pre-processed? Scary thing is MSG not makes you crave more food, it can also make a person gain weight.

Thanks for reading, liking, commenting, sharing, re-blogging as always. I sincerely appreciate it. 🙂 Stay tuned and I’ll put up my recipe for home made tortillas and it will be a huge money saver in the long run.