Sugar addiction: my battle

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  1. MSG stands for mono-sodium glutamate, meaning one sodium ion for every one glutamate ion. A free glutamate simply means it’s not “linked” to sodium.

    Anyway there’s nothing inherently wrong with MSG. It’s naturally occurring in many foods, including fermented food like cheese, tofu, etc. (that’s why they taste good too). Possibly the health concern is when it’s added in excessive amounts to food.

    Just some thoughts from a food scientist. 🙂

  2. Thank you, Food Sleuth, that is interesting. So actually, like sugar, it’s not bad, just in excess it’s bad. Any maybe there’s something about MSG and free glutamates that creates a desire for more, just like sugar?

  3. That’s possible, though I don’t know of any evidence of that now. Also, some people might be more sensitive to MSG than others (like sugar).

    For example, there are studies that show that the blood sugar of Asians increase to a greater extent than Caucasians after consuming the same amount of rice. Researchers think it’s because farming societies in Asia had adapted to using the energy from rice better, since it’s their main source of energy. Of course, now with food aplenty and less physical work, rice consumption is a concern for inducing obesity and diabetes in Asian populations.

    So similarly, some people get headaches and whatnot from MSG, but some don’t. Your genes play a part in all this. So if you’re the sort who doesn’t really get these side-effects, I don’t see what’s wrong with consuming a bit of MSG.

    HOWEVER, if you’re really concerned or unsure about it’s effects on you, you can try going a week without it and see how your body reacts.

    • Thank you so much for your informative replies. I am not sure I have any issues with MSG, but I didn’t realize it was so prevalent either. I have cut way back on processed foods in the last couple of months so I’m not even sure I’m eating that much of it now. I do like cheese and am not a fan of tofu (unless someone else cooks it). I guess “everything in moderation” is the key, but not if you’re an addict — and I seem to be a sugar addict so I am trying to be really careful not to use any added sugar and I have noticed that there are a lot of foods that are naturally sweet, such as vegetables like carrots and corn. (And I am interested in finding out more about stevia…so many people think it’s okay but I am not sure.)

      I liked your post on your blog about nutritionists eating junk food!

      • Ah yes, I’ve also experienced that… When I cut sugary foods from my diet before, I also started to notice the sweetness and flavor of vegetables. It’s a nice taste to acquire.

        Also, it’s like the moment you start eating sweet stuff, you’d just want more and more right? So I totally get where you’re coming from 🙂

        Anyway, all the best in avoiding added sugars!

  4. I actually read this report, and it is a great report and very informative

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