MSG’D!! Part 4: Aliases & Misc. Uses

MSG'D!! Part 4: Aliases & Misc. Uses |

Food Uses

Here is a list of FDA approved food additives that always contain MSG. If you have a sensitivity, intolerance, or allergy to MSG, stay away from them!

  • Autolyzed Plant Protein
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Calcium Glutamate
  • Gelatin
  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
  • Hydrolyzed Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
  • Monopotassium Glutamate
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Plant Protein Extract
  • Senomyx (wheat extract labeled as artificial flavor)
  • Yeast Extract Glutamate
  • Yeast Food or Nutrient
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Torula Yeast
  • Textured Protein
  • Yeast Extract

Here are some additives that frequently indicate hidden MSGs. Some foods have multiples of these additives in them, which can add up to quite a bit of MSG in the end.

  • Artificial Flavoring or Flavors
  • Barley Malt
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Carrageenan
  • Citrate
  • Citric Acid
  • Vinegar
  • Flavoring
  • Malt Extract
  • Maltodextrin
  • Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring
  • Natural Flavoring or Flavors
  • Nutritional Yeast (commercial brands)
  • Pectin
  • Protease*
  • Seasoning
  • Spices
  • Stock
  • anything “Enzyme Modified”
  • anything containing “Enzymes”
  • anything “Ultra-Pasturized”

*Protease enzymes of many sources can also release excitotoxin amino acids from food proteins.


These additives may contain MSG or excitotoxins and may trigger a reaction in highly sensitive people.

  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Corn Protein*
  • Corn Syrup
  • Cornstarch
  • Dextrose
  • Enzymes
  • Lipolyzed Butter Fat
  • Milk Powder
  • Modified Food Starch
  • Pea Protein*
  • Reduced Fat Milk (i.e. skim; 1%; 2%)
  • Rice Syrup
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Wheat Protein*
  • anything “Enriched”
  • anything “Vitamin Enriched”
  • most things “Low Fat or No Fat”

*Peas, corn and wheat are not bad when found whole in an ingredient list, but calling them “proteins” indicates that they have been hydrolyzed (at least in part) and because of this processing, a free glutamic acid (MSG) is present.

The following flavorings also work synergistically with MSG to enhance flavor. If they are present, so is MSG.

  • Disodium 5’-guanylate (E 627)    
  • Disodium 5’-inosinate (E-631)  
  • Disodium 5′-ribonucleotides (E 635)

Misc. ‘Food’ Uses  

Auxigro – a growth enhancer which contains 30% MSG and is approved by the FDA to be sprayed on crops like apples and beans.
Cigarettes – even cigarette smokers get MSG since the tobacco leaves have been cured with it for smell and flavor enhancement.

Non-Food Uses 

Binders and fillers for prescription and non-prescription medications, nutrients, and supplements, enteral feeding materials, and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals can also contain MSG. The Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella Virus Live) contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin, both of which contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG), and most, if not all, live virus vaccines have some ingredient that contains MSG.

The fact that we eat MSG, spray our food with it, and injected it into ourselves (and our kids) is a frightening thing. What do we do about it? In the next MSG post we’ll go over some helpful ways to stay clear of MSG (at least, as much as is possible. . . .)

MSG'D!! Aliases & Misc. Uses |

Want to know more about MSG?

Check out the rest of the series:

Part 1: A Little History and Some Scientific Studies
Part 2: Excitotoxins and the FDA
Part 3: Reactions
Part 4: Aliases and Misc. Uses (you’re here now)
Part 5: What Do I Eat Now?

{This post is shared at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.}


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