Can MSG Make You Fat?


Desperate to drop some pounds, you recently began eating healthier and working out regularly. To add flavor to the meals you prepare at home, you purchased a bottle of soy sauce. If you can relate to this scenario, you might be setting yourself up for a dieting disappointment. The reason stems from the inclusion of monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, in soy sauce and many other products lining supermarket shelves. This flavor adding ingredient might actually derail your diet.

MSG is thought to be able to block the message to your brain alerting you of fullness. A research study involving laboratory rats showed they increased their food consumption by 40 percent when administered MSG. Eating foods containing MSG is also linked to an increased production of insulin. As your level of insulin rises, your blood sugar falls. This action causes you to feel hungry all over again. In addition to contributing to weight gain, consuming MSG may also cause you to experience additional, bothersome symptoms includingChest pain

  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest Pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Facial tightness
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in your neck, face, or other areas of your body

Processed Foods Containing MSG

People often ask ahead of time if the food being prepared, especially at Chinese or other Asian food restaurants contains MSG. Unfortunately, those same consumers are likely to miss MSG found in many popular processed foods such as:

  • Canned soups
  • Frozen dinners
  • Potato chips
  • Gravies
  • Deli meats
  • Soy sauce
  • Salad dressings 

This additive is especially prevalent in Chinese cuisine. When studying ingredient lists found on the back of products, look for glutamic acid, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, and yeast extract. These are other names for MSG. 

If eating healthy meals is at the top of your priority list, discovering simple ways to boost the flavor of your food is likely important. Instead of seasoning your dishes with products containing MSG, try other options such as cinnamon, ginger, curry, and paprika. To learn more healthy ways to make your food taste amazing, consider scheduling a free consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center in your area.


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