MSG was commonly known to be used a lot in Chinese food, but it’s actually in many processed food products.
4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Monosodium Glutamate is highlighted in Slow Poisoning of America by John & Michelle Erb.
It occurs naturally in foods like broccoli, mushrooms, some protein-rich foods (walnuts, meat and cheese) and seaweed. Nature did not intend for us to extract it and add so much processed MSG to our diets in high quantity to increase flavour.
MSG has been linked to obesity, and for good reason: it can be addictive!
MSG found its way into our foods in the west in the ’50s and ’60s. It has been added in larger and larger quantities to our packaged foods, snacks and fast food we eat daily. Corporations that sell processed food love MSG because it is cheap and makes food taste great. MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as “Natural Flavoring.”
Dr. Russell Blaylock, noted neurosurgeon, author and foremost authority on excitotoxins such as MSG says “MSG is an excitotoxin that causes brain damage.” If I was not allergic to MSG, not wanting brain damage would be a good reason not to consume it. At least 30 percent of the population suffers from some form of reaction to MSG.
(There are many studies arguing we may not really know whether MSG is good or bad. However, the findings for this ultimately unnecessary ingredient’s negative impacts are also strong. It’s up to us to decide whether processed food is worth the risk!)
Air fresheners contain known carcinogens, suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins.
BONUS #5. Air Fresheners are very unhealthy for your body and the environment.
Air fresheners are made with formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), naphthalene (a suspected carcinogen), toluene (known to cause liver and kidney damage) and xylene (a neurotoxin). They are a major source of indoor air pollution.
What’s more disturbing is how synthetic air fresheners work: “Many mask an undesirable scent, but some use a nerve-deadening chemical that interferes with our sense of smell. Others coat your nasal passage with an oily film. Many air fresheners can trigger asthma attacks and affect our central nervous system.” says David Suzuki.
A study entitled, Clearing the Air: Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners, found 86 percent of air fresheners tested contained dangerous phthalates. Exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of endocrine, reproductive, and developmental problems.
Some brands that tested positive for phthalates didn’t even include phthalates in their list of ingredients and some brands labelled as being all-natural and unscented had phthalates in them.
This is my list of the top 5 products that should have never been invented mostly because I am not a fan of consuming chemicals.
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