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Sources of MSG


The following foods contain MSG in amounts large enough to cause reactions in those sensitive to it.:

  • Taco Bell® - seasoned meat - contains autolyzed yeast - which contains free glutamate
  • Other menu items that contain soy sauce, natural flavors, autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein which can contain up to 20% free glutamic acid - the active part of MSG.
  • Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles® (targeted towards children)
  • Doritos®
  • Campbell's® soups - all of them - based on their commitment to add "umami" (read - MSG) to their products
  • Pringles® (the flavored varieties)
  • Boar's Head® cold cuts and most of their hotdogs
  • Progresso® Soups - all of them
  • Lipton® Noodles and Sauce
  • Lipton® Instant soup mix
  • Unilever or Knorr® products - often used in homemade Veggie dips.
  • Kraft® products nearly all contain some free glutamate
  • Gravy Master®
  • Cup-a-soup® or Cup-o-Noodles®
  • Planters® salted nuts - most of them
  • Accent® -this is nearly pure MSG
  • Braggs® Liquid Aminos - sold at Whole Foods
  • Hodgson Mill Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour®
  • Tangle extract (seaweed extract) - found in sushi rolls (even at Whole Foods) Seaweed is what MSG was first isolated from.
  • Fish extract - made from decomposed fish protein - used now in Japanese sushi dishes - very high in free glutamate.
  • Sausages - most supermarkets add MSG to theirs
  • Processed cheese spread
  • Marmite®
  • Supermarket poultry or turkeys that are injected or "self-basting"
  • Restaurant gravy from food service cans
  • Flavored ramen noodles
  • Boullion - any kind
  • Instant soup mixes
  • Many salad dressings
  • Most salty, powdered dry food mixes - read labels
  • Flavored potato chips
  • Restaurant soups made from food service soup base or with added MSG
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Glutamic acid
  • Gelatin
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
  • Autolyzed yeast (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, read labels)
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Textured protein
  • Beet juice - it is used as a coloring, but MSG is manufactured from beets and the extract may contain free glutamic acid - Yo Baby - organic baby yogurt has just changed the formula to include beet extract
  • Yeast extract
  • Yeast food or nutrient
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Kombu extract
  • Dry milk and whey powder
  • "Natural flavors" - may contain up to 20% MSG
  • Carageenan
  • Dough conditioners
  • Malted barley
  • Malted barley flour - found in many supermarket breads and all-purpose flours including: King Arthur, Heckers, and Gold Medal flour
  • Body builder drink powders containing protein
  • Parmesan cheese - naturally high in free glutamate
  • Over-ripe tomatoes - naturally high in free glutamate
  • Mushrooms - naturally high in free glutamate
  • Medications in gelcaps - contain free glutamic acid in the gelatin
  • Cosmetics and shampoos - some now contain glutamic acid
  • Fresh produce sprayed with Auxigro in the field. (Yes the EPA approved this. It appalled us too.)



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