MSG vs Glutamate: What’s the Difference?

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Today, we’re going to talk about MSG vs. glutamate.

What is glutamate?
Glutamate is an amino acid. Cancer can live on glutamate, but glutamate does not cause cancer. Almost every single food that you eat actually contains glutamate. Glutamate even makes up part of the body’s tissue. 

What is MSG?
In 1909 there was a patent on MSG, and they call it accent, which is a flavor enhancer. It tricks your tastebuds and makes food taste better than it really is. It can also raise your insulin levels.

What is the difference between MSG (monosodium glutamate) and glutamate?
L-glutamic acid is the natural form of glutamate found in foods. D-glutamic acid is artificially made. D-glutamic acid is MSG. L-glutamic acid is not MSG, and it won’t create a reaction. 

D-glutamic acid is:

• Unbound – free
• Artificially made
• Hydrolyzed
• Autolyzed
• Modified
• Spikes 8-10 times in blood

There are so many products that have MSG, but it’s not always required to be on the label of these products. 

MSG side effects:

• Hives
• Rashes
• Irritability
• Forgetfulness – simple words
• Mood swings
• Achy joints
• Pain/headaches

Names and ingredients that could have MSG:

• Natural flavors 
• Flavorings
• Vegetable broth
• Textured vegetable protein
• Maltodextrin
• Bouillon cubes
• Autolyzed yeast
• Protein isolates
• Smoke flavoring
• Gelatins
• Imitation soy sauce

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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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