MSG In Fresh Fruits and Vegetables? Oh Hell No!

One of the things I’ve stressed most often on this blog, is how important it is for anyone with an MSG allergy to carefully examine food labels.

One big surprise for me in my research, was the discovery that fresh fruits and vegetables are NOT free of MSG at all.

In an earlier post on pasta sauces, I told you that MSG is naturally occurring in tomatoes. But I also discovered that the EPA has approved the use of MSG as a treatment method for crop growers. Which means, the fresh fruits and veggies you eat have been sprayed with free glutamic acid.

Yes, I was surprised by this too. It’s been an ongoing practice here in the U.S. since 1999.

Auxigro is a controversial chemical-based growth-enhancer, approved here in the U.S. by the EPA for spraying on fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and grains. It is a mixture of equal parts gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), casein hydrolysate and free glutamic acid dissolved in water.  It’s designed to make produce grow larger.

The EPA has placed no restrictions on the amount of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) that may remain in and/or on crops when they’re sent to your local supermarket. As of June 13, 2002, AuxiGro was registered for use in California on tomatoes, almonds, apricots, cherries, plums, nectarines, peaches, prunes, grapes (including grapes to be used in wine), and onions. Auxigro is also in use on crops grown in Florida.

Even with washing your produce, the processed free glutamic acid (MSG) will already have been absorbed into the body of the plant and into the fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables Auxigro has been sprayed on to. Short story, even thorough washing of fruits and veggies won’t help keep Auxigro out of your body, because its already been absorbed during the spraying process.

This is just another example of why vigilance is key for those with an MSG allergy. I have either limited or eliminated many of my favorite fruits such as apples, plums, nectarines, and grapes from my diet, just to be on the safe side. But it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all fresh fruits and vegetables from your diet.

In 2004, Emerald BioAgriculture (the manufacturer of Auxigro), requested approval of its use on other crops such as broccoli, almonds, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, turnips, rutabaga, mustard, and watercress.

I have found instances where people have noted reactions to Auxigro such as pain or numbness in the jaw, after biting into fruits and vegetables treated with it. However, I was unable to find research that suggested that those affected also claimed to have an allergy to MSG. But it’s safe to say that if one has an MSG allergy, produce is likely to cause an allergic reaction.

It should be noted that Auxigro is no longer being actively marketed to agricultural growers, but it is still in use.

I’ll continue to research Auxigro and its use on produce and keep you updated.

Knowledge is power.

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