I’m sure most people are fairly aware that there are multiple health issues associated with consuming MSG. I have friends that get migraines, and/or nausea from eating it, and they do avoid it but it’s not always easy. Manufacturers can use many names to hide the fact that MSG is in their product. Some of the other health issues that can happen with MSG include: headaches, muscle spasms, rashes, anaphylaxis, seizures, depression and heart irregularities. MSG is also known to cause damage to the nervous system.

Common Names for MSG:

Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised MSG. Also remember that powerful excitotoxins aspartate and L-cysteine are frequently added to foods and according to FDA rules require no labeling at all.

Additives that always contain MSG:

Autolyzed yeast

Calcium caseinate

Dry milk powder

Dry milk protein



Glutamic acid

Hydrolyzed corn gluten

Hydrolyzed soy protein

Hydrolyzed wheat protein

Hydrolyzed oat flour

Hydrolyzed protein

Hydrolyzed plant protein

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Monopotassium glutamate

Monosodium glutamate

Natrium glutamate

Plant protein extract

Sodium caseinate

Textured protein

Yeast extract

Yeast food

Yeast nutrient

Additives that frequently contain MSG:

Barley malt




Citric acid

Corn Starch

Corn Syrup



High Fructose Corn Syrup


Malt extract

Malted Barley

Malt flavoring

Natural chicken flavoring

Natural beef flavoring

Natural flavors/flavor/flavoring

Natural pork flavoring


Protein fortified food


Soy protein isolate

Soy protein or soy protein concentrate

Soy sauce



Ultra-pasteurized Whey

Whey protein

Whey protein concentrate

Whey protein isolate



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