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Sneaky names for MSG! (Check your Labels!)

Sneaky names for MSG! (Check your Labels!)


Do you know that sometimes you may find MSG hidden in your food products even it’s not labeled in your ingredient list?


We should not take it lightly even if we don’t find the word “monosodium glutamate” or MSG in the ingredient list. MSG may exist with another name and we would consume without realizing it. When we consume excessive amounts of MSG, it can cause health impacts such as headaches, numbness, flushing, tingling, palpitations, and so on. MSG will also cause allergy symptoms to some individuals who are sensitive to MSG.


Why Hidden MSG Present in Food?!


According to FDA (Foods and Drugs Administration), ingredients that contain MSG naturally, food production agencies are not required to specify their food product contain MSG on the ingredient panel. However, foods that contain any MSG occurs naturally cannot claim as “No MSG” or “No Added MSG” on their food packaging. Hence, why it appears sneakily in another name.


If you notice these names listed at your food product labeling, it means your food product contains MSG!


  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydrolyzed yeast
  • Natural flavor(s)
  • Protein isolate
  • Plant protein
  • Soy extracts
  • Yeast extract
  • Anything with glutamate
  • Texture protein


How to Avoid Hidden MSG?


  1. Eat Whole Foods


Try to eat unprocessed whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, organic or grass-fed meats, and organic dairy. This can help you to obtain the highest nutrients from the food.


  1. Check your label

You can check your label carefully to keep away from any hidden MSG in the processed food you would buy in the supermarket.


  1. Eating away from home

Cooking at home is recommended to avoid any unknown sources of ingredients that may contain hidden MSG added into your foods.

Lastly, check your labels carefully and try to avoid foods that contain lots of MSG to get a healthier diet.


Written By:
Liow Pui Kee
[BCs (Hons) Nutrition with Wellness Student]
[UCSI University]
Reviewed By:
Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)

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