The MSG Watch list (Part One)

As I’ve noted in my earlier entries, MSG isn’t always listed on food packaging. The only time it is, is when it is in its “pure” form, Monosodium Glutamate. It will almost always appear first in the list of ingredients.

In my previous blog post, “A.K.A. MSG,” I list the ingredients to watch out for that are known to cause a reaction in people with MSG allergies.

In this post, I’ll discuss the ingredients that are often included in foods that contain MSG. Even though it’s basically impossible to avoid all of these ingredients, knowledge is power, and it’s important to be aware.

If you spot these ingredients on the food label, MSG is most likely present.

Barley Malt
Soy Lecithin (and any other Soy derivative)
Modified Food Starch
Caramel Flavoring
Seed-based oils like cottonseed and sunflower
Corn Starch
Corn Syrup
Citric Acid
Malt Extract or Flavoring
Rice Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup
Balsamic Vinegar

Other things to watch out for on labels:

Anything Enriched or Vitamin Enriched
Low fat, Fat free or Reduced fat (including Low-FAT Milk Skim, 1%, 2%)
Any added Flavors or Flavoring (even if it says natural or organic)
ANYTHING Fermented
ANYTHING Fortified
ANYTHING from Soy (powder, extract, etc)
ANYTHING processed from Corn (Syrup, Starch)
ALL Seasonings (with the exception of regular table salt and black pepper)

In the next post, I’ll tell you which brands of Ice Cream are safe and which ones will make you sorry you ever brought them home from the supermarket.