Your Food Is Slowly Killing You

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Your Food Is Slowly Killing You

Thanks to corruption in the FDA and USDA, deadly toxins are added to your food. Here’s how to avoid them.

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How To Identify MSG in Your Food, Drinks and Other Products:

Even products that say no MSG added are not necessarily free of MSG. Most meals served in restaurants across America contain MSG. Delicatessen and smoked meat products as well as sausages and luncheon meats usually contain MSG. Canned gravies, chili, stews, and sauces contain large amounts of MSG. Processed or dried foods with “flavor packets” usually contain MSG. These are often found in boxed rice, pasta, powdered salad dressing mixes, and dried soups.

Most commercial salad dressings, soups, meat stocks, dairy products, sauces, seasoning mixtures, frozen foods, teas, and convenience foods contain some form of MSG. It is also found in mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and in most packaged and canned foods, including diet foods, desserts, ice cream, and cakes.

Your Food Is Slowly Killing You

When you see “Natural Flavors” on an ingredient list, keep in mind that it’s a way of hiding MSG, and will actually contain about 40% MSG.

Reactions to MSG can occur with soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics. Check for “hydrolyzed” and “amino acids” ingredients. Strangely, MSG-type reactions can occur to the aspartic acid found in Aspartame. Some medications (including children’s medicines), drinks, candy, and chewing gum are potential sources of hidden MSG and Aspartame. Other sources of hidden MSG are the binders and fillers used in medications, nutrients and supplements (prescription and non-prescription).

If it says sugar-free, do not even consider it! It almost certainly contains artificial sweeteners.

Things You Can Do to Minimize Your Exposure to Harmful Additives:

  1. Read labels! Read labels! Read labels! Get into the habit of thoroughly reading the labels of anything and everything that you, or someone you love, intend to eat, drink, take, or put on their skin, hair, or nails. Always ask your pharmacist about the ingredients that are in the products you or a loved one are going to take.
  2. For MSG, minimize and/or avoid manufactured, processed, and fermented food. Replace them with natural, unprocessed, unfermented food whenever possible.
  3. As for artificial sweeteners, you should avoid artificially sweetened food, drinks, medications, supplements, or anything made with them. Even something sweetened with white sugar is better for you than something artificially sweetened. Better yet, you should use natural sweeteners, if sweetening is necessary (like Agave).
  4. Only eat food products that are labeled 100% organic. Go vegan.
  5. Make your own skin care products – it’s easier than you think.

And above all, don’t give up. You and your health are worth the effort!

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 114 Comments

  1. Muriel Vargas

    The sad reality is that the government only wants our money. If they really care, they will never allow these products to be out in the market.

  2. Kristine Lucas

    MSG is a big no-no in our house. We don’t use preservatives because use organic seasonings.

  3. Horace Reyes

    It’s normal. We can’t change it. All we have to do is to accept the fact that we are poisoning ourselves.

  4. Maureen Owen

    If we avoid these, what about our food? It will be tasteless, and we will never enjoy eating. Let’s just be careful about how many toxins are we going to take.

  5. Shannon Gutierrez

    Yes! thank you, Hilary! It is an eye-opener for those people who did not believe that the government is fooling us. They only want the money from the distributors.

  6. Renee Griffith

    The difference between the people who took a lot of toxins in his/her body and people who carefully eat their food is base on their body.

  7. Ana Drake

    If you want to avoid toxin foods, they don’t eat. Haha! I am not kidding. There’s another way, plant your own veggies, and don’t use any seasonings on that.

  8. Leslie Smith

    Health is not a state of perfection, but a state of wholeness. Food is intricately connected to self-love.

  9. Matt Harper

    I don’t care about this article. I love eating bacon, pasta, and hotdogs. I won’t die because of starving.

  10. Tami Washington

    We can’t blame the government because it is not their fault. If we are just a responsible person, and we pay attention to what we are eating.

    • Katherine Turner

      We can blame them because in the first place, why would they approve that if they know that it can harm our health? It is all about the money, dear.

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