Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or Glutamic Acid is an excitatory neurotoxin, which significantly damages the brain, especially the brains of infants and children. Once the developing brain is damaged, it never recovers normal function. There has been a significant increase in neurological disturbances in children over the last several decades. For example, the rate of autism, a developmental disorder that affects communication and social skills, was around four or five cases per 10,000 early in this decade. In 2009, it was closer to 80 per 10,000.
MSG also contributes to the epidemic of obesity in children, and more recently infants, that is taking place currently. Other additives such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and sugar substitutes such as NutraSweet and Splenda, potentiate the effects of MSG and vice versa. Thus when they are all present in a single food, they are even more damaging than they are separately. What isn’t well known is that these substances are often found in baby foods even infant formulas!
By 1972, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, 262,000 metric tons of MSG were being added to foods. Today the amount is astronomically higher. However, it is impossible to know by how much, because it is virtually unregulated in the U.S. FDA. As a result, it is very difficult to avoid. It is in almost all packaged foods, even those that are “Organic!” In addition, it can be listed under so many different names, that even the most cautious consumer will find it difficult to avoid it. (Attached is a list of the more than 50 names used when MSG is listed as an ingredient.)
In preparing this blog article I was referencing a study done in Canada on infant formulas that are also sold in the US, and the amount of Aspartame and Glutamic Acid that are used in baby formula. It was appalling. Since the study came out in 2001, I decided I should do some field investigation to make sure that I wasn’t being an alarmist. I assumed that this problem has gotten much better over the past 10 years what with all of the publicity and awareness. How naïve!
The first can I picked up was Gerber’s Good Start. The first four ingredients are: Corn Maltodextrin (MSG), Vegetable Oil, Enzymatically Hydrolyzd Soy Protein Isolate (MSG) and Sucrose, which is a Chlorocarbon, and in the same family as DDT and PCBs! (See article on Sucrose) The rest of the ingredients (all 2% of them) were the vitamins and minerals that every baby needs!
The next one I picked up, was Similac Sensitive, billed as The number 1 Formula for Complete Soy Nutrition for infants. This one had: 39% HFCS, 14.7% Soy Protein Isolate (MSG,) 11.5% Safflower Oil, 9.8% Sucrose, (which was listed as Sugar with the Sucrose in parentheses) 8.4% Soy Oil, and 7.7% Coconut Oil. Again, the remaining 2% was chock full of vitamins and minerals!
Finally, for the sick baby, whose brain is at already at risk from dehydration, we have Pedialyte Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Powder which contains the following: Dextrose (MSG) Citric Acid (MSG,) Malic Acid (for muscle ache), Potasium Citrate (mineral salt used to improve muscle function), Sodium Chloride (Salt,) Sodium Citrate (MSG,) Artificial Flavor (MSG,) Sucralose (aka Splenda, which is Sucrose + Maltodextrine [MSG] and Dextrose [MSG],) Acesulfame (aka Aspartame or NutraSweet – another artificial sweetener known to be a neurological excitoxin,) Potassium (an electrolyte) and finally Red 40 (another neurotoxin and known allergen that can trigger headache, irritability and neurological symptoms).
Imagine the impact that such a combination of heavy-duty excitatory neurotoxins has on a sick baby! Pedialyte does recommend having doctor supervision when using this drink to rehydrate your infant! Ya think?
There are two sugar substitutes that are disguised in this elixir. Why would the manufacturer disguise these ingredients? Why do Splenda and NutraSweet let them get away with that? Because most of us do know better than to give our children sugar substitutes. And if we were aware, we would not knowingly do so. If the sugar substitutes are disguised, you know that the MSG and HFCS will be as well.
Ironically, these food additives have nothing to do with preserving food or protecting its integrity. They are all used to alter the taste of food in such a way as to increase the likelihood that you will buy it again. This approach to marketing gives customer loyality a whole new meaning!
My grandson had to take his antibiotic while on an overnight at my house and was telling me that he couldn’t wait to take it because it is bubble-gum flavored. I’ll bet! My son is cut from the same cloth as me and does not knowingly or willingly give the boys foods with HFCS or MSG. What do you do when this is the only form of the antibiotic available?
What you do is choose your battles. If you feel the need to give your children juice, invest in a juicer. Other wise, the foods that are relatively safe are organic foods that had a face or came out of the ground. Anything in a bottle, box, jar or cellophane is suspect!
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