If It’s Frozen, MSG Is In It

One of the first things I needed to remove from my diet upon discovering my MSG allergy in early 2014, was all pre-packaged foods, including many of my favorite frozen foods.

Frozen foods have been popular since the 1950s.

Prepared frozen dinners came to market back in the 1950s, and 1960s, and reached their highest popularity during the 1970s when women, who were homemakers, returned to the workforce during the women’s liberation movement.  During that time, these frozen meals were known as “TV dinners,” and marketed as the quick, easy, tasty alternative for those unable, or unwilling to make their own meals.  They were also marketed as healthy and nutritional.

Today, there are frozen meals marketed specifically to dieters, children, gluten-free meals, sodium-free meals, vegetarian and vegan meals — you name it. There are thousands of different frozen meals on the market.

Great right?  Yes.  Convenience is always great.  But if you have an MSG allergy, frozen foods are not so great.

Many of the frozen meals on the market include such MSG allergy inducing ingredients as, Soy Lecithin, Malt flavoring, Maltodextrin, Soy powder, Whey powder, hydrolyzed protein, corn syrup, rice syrup,  barley malt, glutamic acid, autolyzed yeast, texturized protein, artificial flavors, and yeast extract.

If you check your freezer or the frozen food section of your local market, guaranteed you’ll find at least one of these ingredients in your favorite frozen foods.

Maltodextrin and monosodium glutamate are two of the most commonly used additives in frozen foods.

Frozen food items to absolutely avoid: pizzas, pot pies, soups, pasta, pies and cakes (they may contain artificial sweeteners).  Also avoid the frozen skillet starter meals.  They often contain Maltodextrin. Other frozen food items to scrutinize are frozen vegetables that are flavored, or include sauces or flavor packets.  Those are an absolute no-no with an MSG allergy.  Frozen fruits with syrup should also be avoided due to the inclusion of artificial sweeteners and flavorings.

In a previous post, I told you about the ice cream brands to avoid. I don’t eat ice cream as often as I used to.  The shocker for me was just how often Soy and Whey are added to ice cream.  Ice cream cakes should also definitely be avoided, along with any frozen pastries.

Always check your labels!  We’re just a few days into 2016, and I’m happy to say I survived the holiday season without even one bout of MSG poisoning.  I’m becoming more and more diligent about watching labels and researching food ingredients, in the hopes of having no incidents of MSG poisoning in 2016.

It’s my hope that you’ll continue to follow this blog, and we can both stay healthy together.

Knowledge is power.

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