Monosodium glutamate, once made largely from various sources to enhance flavors of foods, is hard to pinpoint. Labeling doesn’t always provide the information due to different terms for the stuff.
Think it’s not a problem?
Hidden MSG is not limited to use in food. MSG sensitive people have reported reactions to soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics that contain hidden MSG. The most obvious common hiding places are in ingredients called “hydrolyzed protein” and “amino acids.”
Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are also potential sources of hidden MSG. Also, aspartic acid, found in aspartame (NutraSweet) ordinarily causes MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people. Aspartame is found in some medications. Check with your pharmacist.
Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements, both prescription and non-prescription, including enteral feeding materials and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals, may contain MSG.
When speaking to food labeling and avoidance, just as sugar can be hidden in myriad terms, so, too, does MSG go by various names. Folloing is a list of ingredients which either absolutely contain MSG or which often create MSG during processing:
natural pork flavoring
bouillion and broth
soy sauces, extracts and proteins
flavors and flavorings
natural flavors and flavorings
hydrolized vegetable proteins
For an even more thorough list of ingredients and information, please visit truthinlabeling.org