A Pinch of MSG

It’s amazing to see that most of the seasonings on grocery store shelves contain MSG.

For many years, my go to seasoning was Goya Adobo. It had a wide variety of uses — meats, chicken, fish, stews. It was fantastic!

It wasn’t until many years later — when I started researching MSG, that I discovered it was included in my favorite seasoning. MSG is also included in my other favorites: powdered garlic powder and onion powder. Monosodium Glutamate is included in just about every seasoning product you can name.

When you look at the ingredients on the packaging, Monosodium Glutamate is either the first or second ingredient listed.

Since I discovered my allergy to MSG a year ago, I’ve had to abandon all my favorite seasonings and replace them with basic salt (sea salt whenever possible) and black pepper, fresh garlic, onions and peppers.

Another of my favorite seasonings was Lipton’s Onion Soup mix. I’d add it to my meatloaf and hamburgers for added flavor. I later discovered it contains MSG as well.

If the seasoning product, Accent is in your cupboard, be sure to jettison that as well, as it is Monosodium Glutamate in its pure form. The product looks like little white crystals, kind of like bath salts.  Accent came on the market over twenty years ago, and was advertised as a flavor enhancer — which is what MSG is, and what seasonings are supposed to do. Imagine if you’re someone with an MSG allergy, who doesn’t know that this product is making them sick!

Even traditional soy sauce can trigger symptoms in someone who is allergic to MSG!

I also discovered Monosodium Glutamate is included in all bouillon. Something else I cooked with for years, unaware it was the cause of my headaches and painful lower leg swelling. When I made my homemade chicken soup, my stock was always made with chicken bouillon. In the last year, fresh, MSG-free chicken and beef stock is more readily available in stores. Trader Joe’s offers a great chicken stock, and last year, Swanson put out an organic chicken broth which is MSG free.

Many people don’t think about the seasonings when it comes to MSG. But it’s a very important thing to watch out for.