- I wondered if there could be an actual chemical
causing the massive obesity epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John
Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of
Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the
government. He made an amazing discovery while going through
scientific journals for a book he was writing called "The Slow
Poisoning of America".
- In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists
were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test
studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the
scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese
creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG
triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates; causing rats (and
humans?) to become obese. They even have a title for the fat rodents
they create: "MSG-Treated Rats".
- I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking
the cupboards and the fridge. MSG was in everything: The Campbell's
soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavoured potato chips, Top
Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson
frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy
low fat' ones.
- The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product
label had something called ''Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein'', which is
just another name for Monosodium Glutamate.
- It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we
feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG
under many different names in order to fool those who carefully read
the ingredient list, so they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG:
'Accent' - 'Aginomoto' - 'Natural Meat Tenderizer', etc) But it didn't
stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the
restaurants what menu items had MSG.
- Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't
use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they
grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
- Burger King
- Taco Bell
- And every restaurant like: TGIF, Chilis', Applebees
and Denny's use MSG in abundance.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST
offender: MSG was in EVERY chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No
wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was
- So, why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat?
- Is it a preservative or a vitamin?? Not according to
my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the food additive
industry called "The Slow Poisoning of America" he said that MSG is
added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.
- Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food
manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at:
http://www.msgfactscom/facts/msgfact12.html explains that the reason
they add it to food is to make people EAT MORE OF THEIR
- A study of the elderly showed that people eat more
of the foods it is added to.The Glutamate Association lobby group says
eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of
us? 'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where
MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight?
- The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it
addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product
over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG
- Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause
obesity, it is an addictive substance! Since its introduction into the
American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and
larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods
we are tempted to eat everyday.The FDA has set no limits on how much
of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount.
How can they claim it safe when there are hundreds of scientific
studies with titles like these?
- 'The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model
for the study of exercise in obesity'. GobattoCA, Mello MA, Souza CT,
Ribeiro IA.Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.
- 'Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced
hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium
glutamate-obese rats'. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C,
Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.
- 'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate
treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of
multiple risk factors'. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, IchikawaK,
Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.
- 'Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of
monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of
obesity'. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978
- Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written
in 1978. Both the "medical research community" and "food
manufacturers" have known about MSG's side effects for decades! Many
more studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes,
Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer's. But what
can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and
addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we
- Even as you read this, G. W. Bush and his corporate
supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress called the "Personal
Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" also known as the
"Cheeseburger Bill", this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food
manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it comes out that
they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods. Read about
it for yourself at: http://www.yahoo.com. The Bill has already been
rushed through the House of Representatives, and is due for the same
rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and his
corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone
know about 'MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food'.
- Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his
concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada.
While sitting in the Government office, the official told him "Sure, I
know how bad MSG is, I wouldn't touch the stuff." But this top level
government official refused to tell the public what he knew.
- The big media doesn't want to tell the public
either, fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the
fallout on fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food
producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for
years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not
be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive.
- If you are one of the few who can still believe that
MSG is good for us, and you don't believe what John Erb has to say,
see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at
http://www.pubmed.com. Type in the words "MSG Obese" and read a few of
the 115 medical studies that appear.