20 Food Ingredients That Are Killing You

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2. Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is found in baked snacks such as crackers and chips, as well as many prepackaged frozen meals.

A flavor enhancer that didn’t come into widespread use until after World War II, MSG has been linked to weight gain, insulin resistance and increased risk of heart disease.
Researchers who conducted a study for publication in a 2012 edition of the journal Nutrition & Metabolism found that Thai females who regularly consumed MSG were more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, with each per-gram increase in consumption leading to a corresponding increase in obesity risk. Metabolic syndrome, by the way, is defined as a group of risk factors associated with heart disease and includes excess abdominal fat and insulin resistance.
A second study published in a 2005 edition of the medical journal Nutrition found that rats fed a diet high in MSG consumed more food overall than rats in control groups. This finding goes hand in hand with other reports that show MSG negatively affects the proper functioning of leptin, also known as the hunger hormo
3ne. When leptin levels are out of whack, the end result is the body abnormally craving – and storing – fat.
In addition to its negative impact on weight and metabolism, MSG may be associated with breathing problems. A study published in a 2013 Nutrition found that average-weight Chinese adults who consumed large amounts of MSG had a considerably higher risk of developing snoring and other sleep-related breathing disorders than those who didn’t eat MSG-laced food products.
In short, MSG is bad news. Even the food manufacturers themselves, keenly aware of the growing public backlash, have begun marketing food products stamped with prominently placed “Contains No MSG” labels. If greedy, profit-driven food companies are openly admitting how bad an additive is, then you as a consumer should definitely stay away. And unfortunately, MSG is at the top of that list.

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