MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup – Increases obesity and diabetes risk (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 86 and American Chemical Society). It is also likely GMO (since most USA corn is GM)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Harmful effects on function of hypothalamus-pituitary-target gland system. (From
    NIH). MSG intake leads to erosive and ulcerative lesions of the gastric mucosa and an increased secretion of hydrochloric acid and an increased body weight. (From <National Institute of Health)
  • Carrageenan:  colonic ulcerations and gastrointestinal neoplasms. It is also carcinogenic (From: NIH)
  • Azodicarbonamide:  used as a flour improver in the bread-making industry. Azodicarbonamide is known to induce asthma and skin sensitization. (From: WHO). It is legal in USA (From: FDA), but its use is no longer permitted in Europe.  (From: WHO)
  • <Potassium Bromate: Used in the bread, rolls, or buns  (From: FDA) . It has been shown to be mutagenic (capable of inducing mutation) via in vitro and in vivo scientific studies (From: CA Health Hazard Assessment) Also known to be genotoxic (affecting cell integrity) (From: NIH)
  • Xanthan Gum: flu-like symptoms in workers handling xanthan gum (From: National Institute of Health)
  • Caramel Coloring: THI, a compound present in ammonia caramel food coloring, is an immunosuppressive agent(From: NIH) .
  • Sodium Aluminum Sulfate:(future)
  • Monocalcium Sulfate:(future)

2 Responses to MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup is sugar.

    The most widely used varieties of high-fructose corn syrup are: HFCS 55 (mostly used in soft drinks), approximately 55% fructose and 42% glucose; and HFCS 42 (used in many foods and baked goods), approximately 42% fructose and 53% glucose. There is only one difference between HFCS and sucrose (white table sugar):
    Sucrose is a disaccharide molecule which means it is two smaller molecules combined together to make one larger molecule. During digestion, the larger sucrose molecule is split into its two smaller molecules – fructose and glucose. HFCS is a mixture of 2 monosaccharides – fructose and glucose.

    So, there is no biological difference. For refernce:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

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