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The Link Between MSG in Processed Foods & Obesity

From NewsTarget.com
Source: http://www.newstarget.com/009379.html
August 11, 2005
By Dani Veracity

The link between monosodium glutamate (MSG) and obesity

If fried snack chips had a warning printed right on the bag that said,
"Warning: these chips will make you obese," would you still buy them? Would
you still eat them? Well, in a sense, you do see that warning on chips; just
read the ingredient list. Research suggests that monosodium glutamate causes
obesity, making unhealthy snacks even unhealthier than you may have
suspected.

I'm sure you already know that tortilla and potato chips aren't health
foods, right? They're made with fried fats, they almost always harbor hidden
toxic chemicals (acrylamides), and if they're flavored, they usually contain
monosodium glutamate (MSG). This is basically a recipe for obesity.

But how does MSG cause obesity? Like aspartame, MSG is an excitotoxin, a
substance that overexcites neurons to the point of cell damage and,
eventually, cell death. Humans lack a blood-brain barrier in the
hypothalamus, which allows excitotoxins to enter the brain and cause damage,
according to Dr. Russell L. Blaylock in his book Excitotoxins. According to
animal studies, MSG creates a lesion in the hypothalamus that correlates
with abnormal development, including obesity, short stature and sexual
reproduction problems.

Based on this evidence, Dr. Blaylock makes an interesting point about the
American obesity epidemic, especially among young people: "One can only
wonder if the large number of people having difficulty with obesity in the
United States is related to early exposure to food additive excitotoxins,
since this obesity is one of the most consistent features of the syndrome.
One characteristic of the obesity induced by excitotoxins is that it doesn't
appear to depend on food intake. This could explain why some people cannot
diet away their obesity." As an increasing number of elementary school
students bring snack-size bags of chips to school in their lunch boxes, the
MSG-obesity link demands parental caution.

Instead of passively watching modern society become obese and then
commenting on it, we need to change it at the start. That begins with you,
the consumer. By avoiding foods with MSG, you are not only protecting your
health and your family's health, you are also protecting society's health by
not supporting companies that use MSG. Use your buying power to show that
you don't accept manufactured foods that use MSG or any of the other hidden
forms of MSG such as yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins and
autolyzed proteins.

The experts speak on MSG and obesity:
Olney, J.W. "Brain Lesions, Obesity, and Other Disturbances in Mice Treated
with Monosodium glutamate." Sci. 165(1969): 719-271. Humans also lack a
blood-brain barrier in the hypothalamus, even as adults. It is for this
reason that Dr. Olney and other neuroscientists are so concerned about the
widespread and heavy use of excitotoxins, such as MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable
protein, and cysteine, as food additives. In his experiments Dr. Olney found
that high-dose exposure to MSG caused hypoplasia of the adenohypophysis of
the pituitary and of the gonads, in conjunction with low hypothalamic,
pituitary, and plasma levels of LH, growth hormone, and prolactin. When
doses below toxic levels for hypothalamic cells were used, he found a rapid
elevation of LH and a depression of the pulsatile output of growth hormone.
In essence, these excitotoxins can cause severe pathophysiological changes
in the central endocrine control system. Many of these dysfunctional changes
can occur with subtoxic doses of MSG. One can speculate that chronic
exposure to these neurotoxins could cause significant alterations in the
function of the hypothalamus, including its non-endocrine portions.
Excitotoxins by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 263

"Consuming MSG leads to obesity"

Early exposure in life to high doses of glutamate, or the other
excitotoxins, could theoretically produce a whole array of disorders much
later in life, such as obesity, impaired growth, endocrine problems, sleep
difficulties, emotional problems including episodic anger, and sexual
psycho-pathology.
Excitotoxins by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 89

The stress-induced abnormalities in blood-brain barrier permeability suggest
differing MSG effects dependent on existing states of relaxation or
stresses. The suggestive evidence for MSG-induced neuroendocrine effects is
substantial, coupled with the observation of increased obesity in children.
In Bad Taste by George R Schwartz MD, page 39

With this enormous consumption of foods laced with MSG additives, it is no
wonder that we have an obesity problem in this country, especially when you
combine the hypothalamic lesion caused by MSG to the high-fat and
-carbohydrate diets of young people. Of particular concern is the suggestion
that MSG ingested by pregnant women may actually cause this lesion in
children while they are still in the womb.
Health And Nutrition (see related ebook on nutrition) Secrets by Russell L
Blaylock MD, page 180

This also means that, while pregnant, mothers of diabetic children also
consumed very large amounts of these excitotoxin-containing foods. Also,
many parents feed their babies table food from an early age with large amounts of MSG. In addition, large numbers of babies are also fed
formula, and many formulas are known to be high in excitotoxins such as
caseinate. I have already cited studies showing that gross obesity is
frequently linked to excessive MSG consumption in test animals.
Health And Nutrition Secrets by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 182

Particularly disturbing is the later obesity after MSG exposure during the
neonatal and infant period even after only a short or limited exposure.
In Bad Taste by George R Schwartz MD, page 22

With all of these endocrine malfunctions you would expect these mice to
develop abnormally, and they do. Consistently, the animals exposed to MSG
were found to be short, grossly obese, and had difficulty with sexual
reproduction. One can only wonder if the large number of people having
difficulty with obesity in the United States is related to early exposure to
food additive excitotoxins since this obesity is one of the most consistent
features of the syndrome. One characteristic of the obesity induced by
excitotoxins is that it doesn't appear to depend on food intake. This could
explain why some people cannot diet away their obesity. It is ironic that so
many people drink soft drinks sweetened with NutraSweet® when aspartate can
produce the exact same lesions as glutamate, resulting in gross obesity. The
actual extent of MSG induced obesity in the human population is unknown.
Excitotoxins by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 81

"Animal studies demonstrate link between MSG and obesity"

The obesity effect of MSG in animals requires evaluation since unexplained
obesity is increasing in our population, along with hypertension and
diabetes. MSG-induced obesity in animals may carry long-term significance
for humans.
In Bad Taste by George R Schwartz MD, page 22

Since his early observation, other studies have confirmed that MSG causes
gross obesity in animals. At an international neuroscience meeting, Dr.
Olney was asked if he thought the reason Americans were so obese was, in
fact, due to their high consumption of MSG additives. The question was never
answered, but since that conference in the 1970s, America has undergone this
virtual epidemic of gross obesity, especially among its youth.
Health And Nutrition Secrets by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 180

This MSG-induced obesity was characterized by a preference for carbohydrates
and an aversion for more nutritious foods, just as we are now witnessing in
our youth. Also, excess weight was extremely difficult to exercise off or
diet off in these experimental animals.
Health And Nutrition Secrets by Russell L Blaylock MD, page 182