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MSG by Any Other Name: Do You Know What's in Your Food?

Cousins of monosodium glutamate (MSG) continue to lurk in our food, often under innocuous-sounding names such as hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast or protein concentrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labeling when MSG is added as a direct ingredient to any food, but these related glutamates need only be identified by their own names or certain terms, such as vegetable broth or chicken broth (vegetable broth contains hydrolyzed soy protein). Canned tuna, canned soup and stock, frozen dinners and seafood, most fast food, low-fat yogurts and ice creams, chips, and nearly everything ranch or cheese-flavored contain these synthetically produced glutamates.

The healthier choice? Emphasize whole grains, plus fresh fruits and vegetables at mealtime.


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