MSG in baby formula and baby food

Jamie - posted on 12/19/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I know a lot about MSG because I am allergic to it and was forced to do a lot of research on it because I was so sick. It is a food additive that they use to add flavor, but also to trick your mouth into thinking the food has more nutritional value than it does and it stimulates your appetite so you eat more. It is linked to obesity and COUNTLESS other problems including brain damage.

( "Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate (MSG), an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.

Abnormal function of glutamate receptors have been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain." Dr. Joseph Mercola in the Huffington post : www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/msg-is-this-silent-killer_b_491502.html)


What I want to know is why is MSG in our baby formula and baby food? Why aren't we as mothers doing anything about this?
This the list of ingredients for Gerber good start straight from the web site: http://www.gerber.com/AllStages/products...
Ingredients
WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (FROM COW'S MILK, ENZYMATICALLY HYDROLYZED, REDUCED IN MINERALS), VEGETABLE OILS (PALM OLEIN, SOY, COCONUT, AND HIGH-OLEIC SAFFLOWER OR
HIGH-OLEIC SUNFLOWER), LACTOSE, CORN MALTODEXTRIN, AND LESS THAN 2% OF: POTASSIUM CITRATE, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM CITRATE, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, COPPER SULFATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, MANGANESE SULFATE, SODIUM SELENATE, M. ALPINA OIL*, C. COHNII OIL**, SODIUM ASCORBATE, INOSITOL, CHOLINE BITARTRATE, ALPHA-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, NIACINAMIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, RIBOFLAVIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, FOLIC ACID, PHYLLOQUINONE, BIOTIN, VITAMIN D3, VITAMIN B12, TAURINE, NUCLEOTIDES, (CYTIDINE 5'-MONOPHOSPHATE,
DISODIUM URIDINE 5'-MONOPHOSPHATE, ADENOSINE
5'-MONOPHOSPHATE, DISODIUM GUANOSINE
5'-MONOPHOSPHATE), ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, L-CARNITINE, B. LACTIS CULTURES, SOY LECITHIN.
The very first ingredient is "hydrolyzed" which is a process that creates free glutimate.
#4 "corn maltodextrin" is also a sneaky word for MSG.
Anything "disodium" is also fishy, and there are 2 on here.
The FDA claims it is safe but admits up to 20% of the population are "sensitive" to it. With so much childhood obesity and ADD and maybe even Autism perhaps we should force the FDA to take a serious look into what they are putting in not only our food, but our children's food.

(" Confirmation of toxicity
In the years that followed, neuroscientists replicated the work of Olney, and Olney spoke out repeatedly about the toxic potential of glutamic acid freed from protein prior to ingestion. In 1972, for example, Olney testified before the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs that ingestion of MSG places humans at risk, with the greatest risk being for the very young; and that a National Academy of Science panel organized to determine whether MSG ought to be banned from baby food had produced an "industry arranged whitewash" by a group of scientists with almost no experience in neuropathology (Gillette, 1972). In the early 1970s, manufacturers of baby food voluntarily removed the monosodium glutamate from their products, but replaced the monosodium glutamate with MSG-containing ingredients such as autolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. In the late 1970s, manufacturers voluntarily removed all obvious MSG-containing ingredients from baby food.

Today scientists know that MSG kills brain cells and causes neuroendocrine disorders in laboratory animals; and that it causes adverse reactions in humans. Scientists know that the blood brain barrier, once thought to prevent glutamate that comes from exogenous sources (eating included) from entering the brain, is not fully developed until puberty; is easily damaged by such conditions as high fever, a blow to the head, and the normal course of aging; and, in the area of the circumventricular organs, is leaky at best at any stage of life. Scientists know that a diverse number of disease conditions such as ALS, Alzheimer's disease, seizures, and stroke are associated with the glutamate cascade (Blaylock, 1994).

Scientists also understand that MSG is simply processed free glutamic acid, or processed free glutamic acid combined with sodium (depending on how it is defined), and that glutamic acid is a neurotransmitter that causes nerves to fire; and when present in excess quantities, causes nerves to fire until they die. Scientists understand that in addition to the L-glutamic acid found in unprocessed, unfermented, unadulterated free glutamic acid, processed free glutamic acid invariably contains D-glutamic acid and brings with it pyroglutamic acid and other contaminants--some of which, depending on procedures used for processing and the protein source, are carcinogenic." http://www.truthinlabeling.org/l-manuscr...)

I know some of you probably think I am crazy but sit down to a meal with me and watch what happens when I eat this stuff (I instantly turn red with MSG and any free glutamic acid products, and the worst part is how sick I get for a week following). Our children are the most vulnerable to problems related to MSG and any exito-toxins. I think we as mom's need to speak up and get this stuff taken out of their food. It's not necessary, and it's not safe.

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Kate CP - posted on 12/19/2011

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Nope, not crazy. What's crazy is that we feed this crap to our kids and then wonder why we have problems with ADHD and Autism and all the other new issues popping up. :/

Iridescent - posted on 12/19/2011

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You're doing the right thing. You are correct. It's a hidden ingredient, even in frozen poultry and not labeled, and hidden under "natural flavor" or "spices". Our son is allergic to it as well, and it's a big deal. Also, glutamine is not a safe amino acid. My daughter has a disorder that causes a buildup of ammonia. We all know ammonia is not good in the body, right? It's why your body pees it out. Hers cannot. The body protects itself from the ammonia by converting it into a less harmful amino acid - glutamine. Her glutamine levels were at fatal levels when she was finally diagnosed. Glutamine is not a necessary addition to any diet, and is very easy to cause harm. The effects of it are horrid! She has more brain damage from glutamine than from ammonia, which says a lot.

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Jay - posted on 06/29/2014

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Numerous published studies since 1969 shown exhaustively that MSG damages the hypothalamus (esp in neonates) resulting in increased obesity, decreased energy expenditure in rats/mice. Search www.pubmed.gov for following terms: monosodium glutamate, obesity, diabetes, hypothalamus, arcuate nucleus.

Lisa - posted on 05/09/2014

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I am TERRIBLY allergic to it. I read it can cause brain swelling, as well. When I was an infant, it was in both baby food and baby formula. I never kept food down and would have over 100 seizures a day! When my mother took me to the hospital to find out what was wrong, they noticed my brain was swollen and had "excess fluid," which is a side effect of msg. They called it hydrocephalus and put a shunt in my head. I had 5 subsequent surgeries. My last surgery, thankfully, was in November, 1991. I make just about everything from scratch, because it makes me lose my ability to swallow with just 1 or 2 bites of something with msg in it. It is in salad dressings, soups, boullions, noodle mixes, chips, everything! It is possibly even in "prepped meats." It scares the living daylights out of me, because I have not had a seizure since June, 1982 and do not wish to have one.

Boeheidi@hotmail.com - posted on 02/22/2012

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Are there any baby formulas that don't contain some form of MSG and the other awful ingredients mentioned? I am breast feeding but in case something happens it would be good to know what may be available in the way of formulas.

Jamie - posted on 12/27/2011

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Tracy, breastfeeding is HARD! We as mom's do the best we can, never beat yourself, trying alone makes you a success!.. but these companies need to give us what we are asking for, and safe food for our babies isn't asking too much. There needs to be safe food for our children, of all ages.

Tracy - posted on 12/27/2011

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Thank you for the links. My son is 11 months now. I wish I could have contributed to the milk sharing when I had my daughter. I could have fed an army. With my son, barely enough and the diet (for me) was so restricted in order to nurse it was tough. I stuck it out for 8 months though. Relactating is not an option. I gave up because son was a biter and I had cuts (I know, TMI) and he wouldn't nurse anymore because he didnt want to take the time to drink. The homemade one looks promising though. Will definately check it out. Thank you for taking the time!

Jamie - posted on 12/27/2011

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Thank you for posting that information Lisa! I wish I had known then what I know now. I breastfeed my youngest baby right now but am the mother of 5. All the others were on formula at one time or another, I never knew anything about msg at that time (I was sick, but didn't know why.) One has ADD and one stutters, another has a cyst on her spine. I can never prove any of these things were from MSG of course, but I wish I could have given them everything in my power so I could say "it was out of my hands." At that time I was told that I couldn't breastfeed on medication (which is not always true. Please don't let Dr.s tell you this without doing the research first! WIC is a great resource for information about what is okay, as is Dr. Hale www.infantrisk.com/category/breastfeeding. See the forums at that site. But this is food for a whole new post ;)

Tracy - posted on 12/27/2011

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That is very frustrating. I did not know this and that is the formula we give to our son who has food issues because its the only one he will drink. He hated alimentum and I couldn't breastfeed anymore. Grrr. Suggestions out there?

Jamie - posted on 12/20/2011

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Ashley, I had to find out through trial and error because all the Dr. would say was "you don't want to have all that expensive testing, do you?" It took me 8 years. I tried to notice what I was eating before I had a reaction (which starts with burning lips, red face and red blotches on my neck and chest) once I narrowed it down, it was easier, but the FDA allows companies to hide free glutimate in products under different names (it's horrible, yet if you hid peanuts under any other name you would be prosecuted.)
If I were you I would take your little one for allergy testing. If you can't get a Dr. on board or the tests are inconclusive start doing the allergy diet where you exclude almost everything and add one thing back at a time. You can try kinseology if you are comfortable with natural healers or alternatives to the medical profession. It is ancient Chinese techniques that show you how to find out what the offending substance is. Have you looked into seeing if he has celiac? That can manifest in more ways than just intestinal distress. Good luck! Hope he feels better. Don't give up.

Ashley - posted on 12/20/2011

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I am not thinking that he has an allergy to it per se but that something in food is all of a sudden triggering a rash all over his body and his feet swell and burn :(

Ashley - posted on 12/20/2011

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I am wondering about your allergy to MSG... My son in an instant ahs went from a kid with 0 allergies to one we cannot pinpoint (he is 4 by the way) how long did it take to get diagnosed with an MSG allergy?

Kelina - posted on 12/20/2011

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thank you! I made all my kids baby food because I didn't know what kind of chemicals they added to baby food, but i had no idea it was in so many other foods! Most definitely going to be reading labels a little more carefully from now on.

Minnie - posted on 12/20/2011

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If they don't purposely add MSG to a product they don't have to label it. But it can still be present due to the nature of the processing. And there are different labels that MSG can be found under.

It's so shady.

Sylvia - posted on 12/20/2011

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Really, it's legal where you live not to list MSG separately on the ingredient label?!

I know people IRL with allergies to MSG. I don't mind eating it myself from time to time (I'm not allergic), but I certainly wouldn't feed it to a baby or small child. Yecch.

Iridescent - posted on 12/20/2011

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They're able to because the majority doesn't have these reactions. I just wish it weren't so hidden! How hard is it to label it correctly?

Jamie - posted on 12/20/2011

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So sorry Iridescent, I hope she will be okay! I am with you, It took me 10 years to get the point from being in bed days on end to here, which isn't too much farther as I am out of bed but no longer having reactions as often where I feel like I have a fever constantly and feel like I have influenza. I still ache everywhere, but the damage has probably been done.
I have to read every label and watch so close, kills me to think my kids eat that crap at school. It is really cool that when I first made them give up most MSG treats and processed food they really dragged thier feet, now I have my 18 and 11 year olds telling me when they have eaten it and they can tell by thier tingling faces and gut aches.
The scariest part is little babies being given this stuff when they are most vulnerable for brain damage from it. I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs "YOU MONSTERS! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?"

Jamie - posted on 12/19/2011

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Thanks for confirmation. Most people don't believe how seriously effected I am until they see me have a reaction. But if people like us pull together maybe we can see change. I was thinking about talking to Michelle Obama about this, from what I've seen she has a desire to help kids.

Minnie - posted on 12/19/2011

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You're not crazy. I can't eat anything processed and have to be careful when going out to a restaurant because I'm extremely sensitive to MSG. I get a raging migraine with the shakes, double vision, puking and eventually passing out from it within a few hours of consuming it.

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