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Sneaky Names for MSG

Here are a few sneaky names for MSG.

Hidden Names For MSG And Free Glutamic Acid:

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid.

  • Glutamic Acid (E 620)2
  • Glutamate (E 620)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
  • Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
  • Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
  • Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
  • Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Anything hydrolyzed
  • Any hydrolyzed protein
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Yeast Food
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured Protein
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein Isolate
  • Anything: protein
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto

Names of ingredients that often contain or produce processed free glutamic acid

  • Carrageenan (E 407)
  • Bouillon and broth
  • Stock
  • Any flavors or flavoring
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric acid, Citrate (E 330)
  • Anything ultra-pasteurized
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin (E 440)
  • Protease
  • Anything enzyme-modified
  • Anything containing enzymes
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Anything protein-fortified
  • Seasonings

Glutamic acid found in unadulterated “whole food” protein does not cause adverse reactions. To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been processed/manufactured or come from protein that has been fermented.

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