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“MSG and Deceiving Ingredients”

I remember 20 years ago when my 18-month-old son was dealing with “night terrors.” The pediatrician told me that it was normal and he would out grow it. Yikes. You’re kidding … right? He’ll out grow it? Well when … tonight? (Still amazed that physicians say things like that.)

Well after some pray and research, I discovered the Feingold Diet. Dr. Feingold had researched and determined that night terrors (and a list of other issues) were caused from food coloring, preservatives, and additives (ingredients like MSG, Red Dyes, Yellow Dyes) in our food. Not everyone had issues with those ingredients. But many had. I gave the Feingold Institute a call. A Representative of the Institute began to enlighten me on the deception of ingredients in our food. How could this be? My son was only 18 months old and eating mostly baby food and some table food. Well what she educated me on was when someone makes a recipe of something and packages it for sale; they only need to list the ingredients that they put in the recipe. What they do not need to do is list the ingredients of each ingredient.

What do I mean? For example, we were going over baby food and I was reading her the ingredients to a jar of Beef Stew from Beechnut. It had beef, carrots, peas, egg noodles, etc. Seemed like basic ingredients. But what I learned was the manufacturer of that baby food bought their egg noodles from a company that puts Yellow Dye #5 in it. Because Beechnut didn’t make the egg noodles they were not required to list the Yellow Dye #5. Wow that was incredible. I was shocked. Who and what can you trust and how do you know for sure what you are eating?

Well as consumers we need to take time to understand what is happening with our food supply. We need to open our eyes and start getting smarter about what we are putting in our bodies. We need to educate ourselves as to what all these ingredients mean, because we CANNOT trust the food manufacturers.

I follow a few rules that I believe have helped me eat better. They might help you.

  • Don’t eat processed foods.
  • If the list of ingredients is too long, stay away. It’s got more chemicals than real food.
  • Make homemade food more than not. I know people say they don’t have time. Bottom line – make time. Your health depends on it.
  • Continually keep educated on what is happening to our food supply.

Unfortunately, the FDA allows food manufacturers to be “deceptive” in listing ingredients and is allowing these manufacturers to “hide” ingredients within each other. Years ago MSG became a big concern. People were warned to stay away. Well 20 years ago they changed it to Hydrolyzed Proteins. Now it is changed into other names and hidden within other ingredients. MSG is a neuro-toxin and can affect your body in ways you may not even be aware. I remember when my daughter was about 3 years old. She was fed a “packaged” steak that was full of MSG. I didn’t know it at the time. She went to bed and was so hyper. I couldn’t calm her down. I thought what could be the matter? I went over the day and then went over what she ate. I pulled the box of steaks from the freezer. When I saw it had MSG, in the garbage it went.

What are some reactions to MSG?

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
  • Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

Here is a list of ingredients that may have MSG or other toxic ingredients hidden in it. It might be best to stay away from anything with these ingredients. I know it can be hard but that is why making your food from scratch is the safest way to eat.

  • Hydrolyzed Proteins
  • Monopotassium Glutamate
  • Natrium Glutamate
  • Natural Flavors
  • Natural Flavorings
  • Natural Meat Flavor
  • Non-milk Powder
  • Nonfat Dry Milk
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pea Protein
  • Protein Isolate
  • Protein Solids
  • Rice Syrup
  • Seasonings
  • Seaweed
  • Seaweed Extract
  • Separated Protein
  • Smoked Meat
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Soy Concentrate
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Soy Products
  • Soy Protein
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Soy Sauce
  • Spice
  • Spices
  • Stock
  • Tamari
  • Tangle Extract
  • Textured Protein
  • Tofu
  • Ultra-Pasteurized
  • Vetsin
  • Vital Gluten
  • Vitamin Enriched
  • What Starch
  • Wheat Gluten
  • Wheat Products
  • Whey
  • Whey Protein
  • Why Protein Concentrate
  • Xanthan Gums
  • Yeast Extract

The list is long and it may seem overwhelming. But getting educated on what is good and/or not good to eat is well worth your investment. You could print this list off and take it with you as you shop. The more you become familiar with the “toxic” ingredients, the easier it will be to uncover.

If you still feel overwhelmed and would like a once over in your pantry or even help at the grocery store, contact me. I’d be happy to teach you as you journey into wellness for you and your family.

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Hidden Chemicals in Your Food

Sometimes something that is bad has a purpose of showing you something good. Let me explain.

Wicker basket with assorted organic vegetables and fruits isolated on white

About 20 years ago my now 22-year-old son, Joseph, was 18 months old. He developed night terrors. I thought perhaps he had an ear infection and that is why he would wake up screaming after being asleep for a while. So I brought him to the pediatrician.

To my surprise he did not have an ear infection but was diagnosed with night terrors. “Night terrors,” I said. “What the heck is that and how do I get them to stop?” Much to my surprise I got no answer other than, “Oh he’ll out grow it.” What???

I couldn’t believe that this pediatrician was telling me that there was nothing that could be done and that he would just outgrow it. I was enraged. How can you think that this is normal or ok for my baby? But they did. They offered no suggestions, recommends or support.

Bothered by this diagnosis with no cure I begin praying about what to do. A few nights later it was the worse night we had. I was up every 45 minutes because my baby was screaming and no sooner did I get him back down was he up screaming again. The next day was Sunday and we were at Church. My daughter and I went up for prayer to get wisdom on what to do. As God would have it, we prayed with a Pastor who had gone through the same thing with his daughter.   He prayed with us. That evening we had another difficult night. I decided to call his wife the next day to find out what she did.

It was then that I was introduced to Dr. Feingold and the Feingold Institute Feingold Institute . I placed a call and spoke to a woman who was like an angel to me. She told me about Dr. Feingold and all the research he has done and all the children he has treated and then introduced me to the Feingold Diet.

Dr. Feingold believed that ADD, ADHD, Hyperactivity, Night Terrors and those with behavioral problems were because of additives, preservatives and food coloring in food. I said to her, “Yes, but my son is 18 months old and all he eats is Beechnut Baby Food. How can there be a problem?” She asked me to go to the cabinet and get some of the jars. I obeyed. I had applesauce, carrots, green beans and beef stew. “That’s it,” she said, “Beef stew.” “Beef stew, how can that be a problem?” “Read me the ingredients,” she said.   I began. It had its typical carrots, peas, beef and then I got to the culprit … egg noodles. Egg noodles were the culprit. How could that be?

Well here is the point of this message today and the information I wanted to impart to you. What this lovely lady explained to me was that the FDA only required Beechnut (or any food manufacturer for that matter) to list the ingredients that they put in their food. They do not require Beechnut to list the ingredients inside the ingredients. So inside the egg noodles was Yellow Dye #5. Imagine that. The manufacturer of the egg noodles that Beechnut uses puts Petroleum in their product. Yup, you got that right. Food coloring is made from the gas you put in your car or heat your house. The crazy thing is food manufactures think it’s ok to put in our food.

Needless to say we went on the Feingold Diet and my son healed from Night Terrors. Oh and BTW when I sent a list of “approved meds” to his pediatrician for him to put in my son’s file, I received a call from him saying there really was no scientific evidence this diet works. Well from this mama it worked. Proof was in the pudding Doc!!!

So what’s the answer? Know the ingredients that are in your food. Learn that food manufacturers have changed the name on a number of ingredients such as MSG and call it something different. Know that you have to understand what is in processed foods and try to avoid them as much as possible. Eat food as close to how God created it as often as possible.

Do you have trouble understanding what’s in your pantry or cabinet but wants to get your family on track to eating healthier? Just let me know. I’d love to help educate you and bring you to a state of healthy eating. That is my passion. Healthy eating has so many benefits. Better sleep, better moods, weight loss, clearer skin, more energy … and the list goes on.

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