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Old 01-09-09, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Hidden Excito / Neurotoxins in food.

I thought this was worth mentioning on here because of prevalence of both Monosodium Glutamate or free glutamic acid (MSG) and Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Candarel, Splenda, aka. the artificial sweetner in Diet Coke) in our foods and drinks.

The problem is with these substances is they are often hidden in our foods under seemingly innocent names but have been demostrated to be neurotoxic and are obviously not going to be of help to anyonr with a neurological condition or even those without HD. They are simply not good for anyone...

I am sure any of you willing to look into these two chemicals in particular will choose to avoid them like they plague....

The article mentions HD in particular.

The article is American but all those names are also used to hide MSG in Europe as are the following E-numbers for MSG:
E620 Glutamic acid
E621 Monosodium glutamate
E622 Monopotassium glutamate
E623 Calcium diglutamate
E624 Monoammonium glutamate
E625 Magnesium diglutamate
Aspartame is:
E951

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Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods
From the book 'Excitotoxins - The Taste That Kills'
By Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD
3-6-3


What if someone were to tell you that a chemical (MSG) added to food could cause brain damage in your children, and that this chemical could effect how your children's nervous systems formed during development so that in later years they may have learning or emotional difficulties?

What if there was scientific evidence that these chemicals could permanently damage a critical part of the brain known to control hormones so that later in life your child might have endocrine problems? How would you feel?

Suppose evidence was presented to you strongly suggesting that the artificial sweetener in your diet soft drink may cause brain tumors to develop, and that the number of brain tumors reported since the introduction of this widespread introduction of this artificial sweetener has risen dramatically? Would that affect your decision to drink these products and especially to allow your children to drink them? What if you could be shown overwhelming evidence that one of the main ingredients in this sweetener (aspartate) could cause the same brain lesions as MSG? Would that affect your buying decisions?

And finally, what if it could be demonstrated that all of these types of chemicals, called excitotoxins, could possibly aggravate or even precipitate many of today's epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, ALS, and Alzheimer's disease? Would you be concerned if you knew that these excitotoxin food additives are a particular risk if you have diabetes, or have ever had a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor, seizure, or have suffered from hypertension, meningitis, or viral encephalitis?

Would you also be upset to learn that many of the brain lesions caused by these products in your children are irreversible and can result from a SINGLE exposure of these products in sufficient concentration?

How would you feel when you learn the food industry hides and disguises these excitotoxin additives (MSG and Aspartate) so they can't be recognized? Incredulous? Enraged? The fact is many foods are labeled as having "No MSG" but in fact not only contain MSG but also are laced with other excitotoxins of equal potency and danger.

All of the above are true. And all of these well known brain toxins are poured into our food and drink by the thousands of tons to boost sales. These additives have NO OTHER purpose other than to enhance to TASTE of food and the SWEETNESS of various diet products.


Hidden Sources Of MSG

As discussed previously, the glutamate (MSG) manufacturers and the processed food industries are always on a quest to disguise the MSG added to food. Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised MSG. Remember also that the powerful excitotoxins, aspartate and L-cystine, are frequently added to foods and according to FDA rules require NO LABELING AT ALL.


* Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG *

Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract (yes that is the main ingredient in Marmite)
Textured Protein (Including TVP)
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Corn Oil

* Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG *

Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Bouillon
Broth
Stock
Flavoring
Natural Flavors/Flavoring
Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring
Seasoning
Spices

* Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins *

Carrageenan
Enzymes
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate

Also: Protease Enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino acids from food proteins.


Aspartame - An Intense Source Of Excitotoxins

Aspartame is a sweetener made from two amino acids, phenylalanine and the excitotoxin aspartate. It should be avoided at all costs. Aspartame complaints accounts for approximately 70% of ALL complaints to the FDA. It is implicated in everything from blindness to headaches to convulsions. Sold under dozens of brand names such as NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame breaks down within 20 minutes at room temperature into several primary toxic and dangerous ingredients:

1. DKP (diketopiperazine) (When ingested, converts to a near duplicate of
a powerful brain tumor causing agent)
2. Formic Acid (ant venom)
3. Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
4. Methanol (causes blindness...extremely dangerous substance)

Common Examples:

Diet soft drinks, sugar free gums, sugar free Kool Aid, Crystal Light, childrens' medications, and thousands of other products claiming to be 'low calorie', 'diet', or 'sugar free'.

A Final Note...

Dr. Blaylock recounted a meeting with a senior executive in the food additive industry who told him point blank that these excitotoxins are going to be in our food no matter how many name changes are necessary...
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Old 02-09-09, 12:24 AM   #2
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Hi Sean

That's scary reading, I love Marmite
Thanks for that

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Old 02-09-09, 08:10 AM   #3
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I've heard this before. Its very interesting & worth knowing. Thanks.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:40 AM   #4
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Hi Sean

That's scary reading, I love Marmite
Thanks for that

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Yup, same here but I chucked it out a long time ago. Now I know what's it in I have gone right off it. Back to toast and marmalade

I remember hearing once you could put MSG on cardboard and sell it and people would keep coming back buying and eating more of it.
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Old 02-09-09, 11:09 AM   #5
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Thanks Sean,
In other words everything contains MSG of one kind or another..
Have you looked on your marmalade and bread?
I think especialy bread contains MSG.
When I was 14 my dad worked in a bread bakery and I can remmber him mentioning MSG even then, its one of those useless things that stuck in my mind. I havent looked into bread its just that I seem to remember that info.
No wonder there is such a swing today in the irritation of youth.
Oh well! back to the drawing board.
Hmmmn - I didn't think of the bread really. I usually eat bread from the bakers and it has no ingredients listed on it. It wouldn't suprise me at all if it contained it though come to think of it .

I am generally pretty cautious about checking the ingredients lists on any processed foods to avoid these things.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 02-09-09, 06:04 PM   #6
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Hi Sean and all

Over the last month or so I have started ordering ready meals from Oakhouse
Foods to save the palava of everything to do with preparation and cooking my own.

I've just been back on the website and I'm relieved to find they "have been working hard to remove additivesfrom our food and all but a handful of our dishes are now completely free of hydrogenated fats, artificial colours and MSG."

Although not totally there, almost

They are extremely tasty meals and have made my life so much easier so if anyone else is thinking about having them go for it!

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Old 02-09-09, 11:05 PM   #7
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Hi all

Just a little p.s.!

You can even download a list of foods that do NOT contain MSG or Yeast Extract or any number of possible allergies!!!

How great is that?

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Old 02-09-09, 11:21 PM   #8
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Marmite doesn't contain MSG. It does contain a lot of salt which can act in a similar way, but other than that it's just a by-product of the brewing process. A quote for you:

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It doesn’t cost much. The processed food business excels at putting near-worthless substances into packets and selling them at a premium: Marmite may be one of the most remarkably marked-up items of all. It is a waste product of industrial brewing, a sludge left from the fermentation of yeast and sugars, stabilised by the addition of salt. Marmite’s first factory was established in 1902 near the Bass brewery in Burton-on-Trent; it was true once, if not now, that the brewers paid Marmite’s makers to cart the stuff away.
I'll carry on spreading it on my toast.
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Old 03-09-09, 02:07 PM   #9
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Marmite doesn't contain MSG. It does contain a lot of salt which can act in a similar way, but other than that it's just a by-product of the brewing process. A quote for you:



I'll carry on spreading it on my toast.

This is what Wikipedia says about Marmite.

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As with other yeast extracts, Marmite contains free glutamic acids, which are analogous to monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Today, the main ingredients of Marmite manufactured in the UK are glutamic acid-rich yeast extract, with lesser quantities of sodium chloride (table salt), vegetable extract, niacin, thiamine, spice extracts, riboflavin, folic acid, and celery extracts, although the precise composition is a trade secret.
From what I can gather it is the artificially created and added MSG that is the real problem in terms of glutamate and as you point out the yeast extract in Marmite is a remnant of the brewing process. So maybe it's ok and life is worth living again
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Hi

Free glutamate is found in the foods below, if you are looking to avoid it.
It is naturally occurring in Asian diets. These whole Asian diets include tea, which contains theanine, which competitively inhibits free glutamate. Hence their ability to include kelp and mushrooms as a mainstay of their diet with no ill effect.
If you can't avoid all glutamates, drink plenty of a good quality green tea. (Black tea has less theanine.) If you want to avoid other food chemicals aswell, try the Failsafe diet.
Pharmaceutical companies are developing glutamate blockers as a treatment for HD. Makes you wonder......

Broccoli
Champignon
english spinach
mushrooms
silverbeet
tomato
grape
plum
prune
raisin
sultana
meat pies
processed luncheon meat
salami
sausages
seasoned meats and chicken
tasty cheeses (all) - ricotta, cottage, cream cheeses are ok
miso
soy sauce
tempeh
tomato juice
vegetable juice
brandy, port, rum, sherry
liquers
wine
spicy flavours
cheese flavours
hydrolysed vegetable protein extract (probably many more names for this esp. in america)
meat extracts
soy paste
soy sauce
gravies
pastes (fish, meat, tomato)
sauces (all)
stock cubes
tomato sauce
yeast extract
natural flavour (possibly contains glutamates)

refs. Google glutamate and theanine
Google glutamate blockers
fedup.com.au
www.cs.nsw.gov.au/allergy - "Friendly Food" the book

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