The Truth About Protein Drinks and MSG

For decades, and right up until the day I discovered my allergy to MSG last year, I drank protein drinks. I loved my morning smoothie with a shot of either Whey or Soy protein. Another favorite was the Naked brand protein drinks — my go to when I wanted to avoid snacking. It was tasty, and I liked the taste of the fruits mixed with protein powder.

Little did I know I was poisoning myself.

Protein powders and protein drinks contain glutamic acid, and the glutamic acid in the protein powders and drinks will always be processed by the body as free glutamic acid (MSG). Individual amino acids are not always listed on labels of protein powders and drinks.

Hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed pea protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, hydrolyzed corn protein are the various types of proteins found in these drinks and protein powders, but it should be noted that there is currently no FDA regulation requiring that they be listed on packaging, even though food distributors must list Monosodium Glutamate among the product’s ingredients.

If you have an MSG allergy, you should avoid protein drinks and powders at all costs. They will cause a reaction in those allergic to MSG.

Anytime you see free glutamic acid listed on product packaging, it contains MSG.

Yogurt and smoothies were staples in my diet and I was shocked when I had to remove them from it. Something else to watch — Yogurt brands like Yoplait add gelatin to their entire product line. If gelatin is included in any product, there is MSG present.

In my next post I’ll tell you about how food companies sneak MSG into food.