Can MSG Cause Weight Gain?

MSG Molecular Model

Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG as it is more commonly known, is a flavoring agent that is found in processed foods ranging from meat to salad dressing. However, it does more than simply add extra taste to your food. Researchers have found that people who eat foods containing MSG are more likely to be overweight than those who avoid MSG altogether.

MSG interferes with leptin, a hormone produced by the body to tell the brain that you are full and need to stop eating. Leptin also alerts the brain when you are storing excess fat, triggering your body to release fat rather than store more. Without leptin, you will continue to feel hungry even when you have eaten enough and you will not shed as much weight as you were expecting to even if you do not overeat and/or exercise regularly.

It is also interesting to note that scientists use MSG to deliberately cause weight gain in laboratory rats. In fact, a newborn rat that has been injected with MSG for only five days will become not only obese but also diabetic.

If you want to shed unwanted pounds, the first thing to do is eliminate MSG from your diet. To do so, avoid processed foods and fast food restaurants as MSG goes by over a dozen different names and it can be difficult if not impossible to tell which processed foods contain this ingredients and which do not. Eat natural foods such as unprocessed meat, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and unprocessed dairy products. While it may take a little time for your taste buds to adjust to a wholesome diet, you will soon find that you not only look slimmer but feel healthier than before as well.



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