MSG At the Salad Bar…What to Avoid

salad2If you’re like me, you’re probably a big fan of salads, particularly, where you can have a salad mixed and tossed with all of your favorite ingredients.  My personal favorites include dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, tuna and a boiled egg.  Salad is probably one of the most popular lunches around here in NYC, and one of the healthiest options you can choose.  You can go into a shop, pick out the greens you want, and build your own salad.  By the time all’s said and done, you’ve spent about $12.00.  But if you’re adding certain ingredients to your salad, and you have an MSG allergy, that salad is costing you a lot more than that.  It’s like sprinkling MSG on the top of your salad.

Some of the popular salad additions are some of the worst things you can eat with an MSG allergy.  And for a time, before I discovered my allergy, they were regularly included in my lunchtime salads.  In the months just before I realized I had an MSG allergy I found that I started not feeling well after eating my regular salad for lunch.  Here are a few of the most popular items you may be including in yours without realizing they’re making you sick.

  • Parmesan Cheese  (Any dried cheeses should always be avoided with an MSG allergy.)
  • Processed Deli Meats  (Those little cubes of Ham or sliced Salami are an absolute no-no due to the use of Soy and other items as fillers.)
  • Deli Cheeses  (These are also a big no-no; processed cheeses should be avoided.  Even a small amount of shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese is bad.)
  • Bacon bits  (Aside from the fact that they’re absolute crap, most are FILLED with artificial flavorings that should absoltely be avoided.  Even if they’re made of real bacon, bacon is still a processed meat that should be avoided by anyone with an MSG allergy — even if bacon is absolutely yummy.)
  • Croutons (These are the most popular and worst additions to any salad.  The artificial flavorings and the seasonings used to flavor the croutons are just plain bad.
  • Ranch dressing  (Never, ever eat Ranch dresssing. Never!)

Canned fish like tuna fish, sardines and mackerel should be limited, as all three are known to be sources of MSG.

While the salad itself is a healthy choice, you have to be a bit more diligent when it comes to what you add to the mix.

Knowledge is power.


NEXT: Developing allergies in adulthood…Yes, it can happen to you.


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