Last night Zach and I sat down to watch a documentary on Netflix called, “Hungry for Change.” I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about our food industry and nutrition. Of course we didn’t start watching it until 11:30pm so about half way though I passed out on his shoulder but the final scene I remember was about MSG. Scary fact: when scientists try to make mice obese they actually feed them MSG. This is not part of the experiment it is the protocol. Prior to watching this documentary all I knew was that the “good” Chinese restaurants advertised “NO MSG”. After watching ½ of the documentary I was intrigued so I did some research. According to http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html the following ingredients contain MSG which can be found in most of our processed foods:
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)
Any “hydrolyzed protein”
Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate
Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
Soy protein, soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Whey protein, whey protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate
If you are interested learning more about MSG I would recommend checking out of the above site for details.
The other point which stuck with me was that we are filling our body with calories but starving for nutrition. We eat, and eat…..and eat but our bodies are still craving necessary nutrition so we KEEP eating. Basically to sum it up, we eat a ton of food loaded with MSG (which is proven to cause weight gain) with no nutritional value and then continue eating because our bodies are clearly saying “HEY! I’M NOT SATISFIED!” BAM, ah-ha moment, that is probably why I gained 30 pounds in college. Without looking at the actual nutritional information I am going to go out on a limb and say that my body didn’t really want cheese fries and cheese burgers followed by an ice cream sundae (1 part ice cream 1 part toppings) for dinner every night.
I still have to watch the rest of the video but I am feeling re-invigorated when it comes to what I put in my body. Sometimes all it takes is a mini reality check to keep you inspired. I hope these bits of information give you the motivation you need to eat clean and fresh!