April 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Tips for Ayurveda

ajinomoto added i food leads to cancer and mental retardationAjinomoto or MSG (Monosodium Phosphate) is a taste enhancer, it is added to make dishes taste better. Ajinomoto or MSG is used as an ingredient to enhance the natural flavors of foods such as meat, poultry, soups, stews, salads, gravies, seafood, snacks, noodles and vegetable dishes. People get addicted to the taste of these flavored dishes like noodles, pizzas, burgers ,fast food stuff like manchurians and they do not enjoy homemade food.

ajinomotto added i food leads to cancer and mental retardationYoungsters love fast food and they indulge in parties, treats and slowly depend more on such food. The effects are observed in people who regularly intake fast foods. Obesity is a major issue and is intense with teenagers and children even

Ajinomoto doesn’t have a specific flavor of its own. MSG looks like salt and is made up of water, sodium and glutamate. Glutamate is an amino acid that is used to make proteins in food and our body. Glutamate itself is also found naturally in foods such as milk, wheat, corn, green peas, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Ajinomoto harmonizes well with salty and sour tastes. MSG is added to foods before or during cooking. The general guideline mentioned for addition of MSG is ½ a teaspoon to ½ kg of meat or ½ kg of vegetables. Ajinomoto is added in higher quantities to remove the aged feeling of canned food and make the cold food taste better. The truth is increased addition of MSG will not improve the taste either. It is going to have severe negative effects on health.

Ajinomoto tricks your tongue and makes you feel a fifth taste called “Umami”. MSG is an anti-appetite suppressant. You will crave for more food with this taste.

Few people sensitive to MSG will show the following symptoms:

  • Increased heartbeat
  • Headache, Migraine
  • Breathing problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling and/or burning sensation
  • Chills and shakes
  • Feeling of pressure on the face
  • Pain in the face, back, neck or chest

These symptoms will be observed on a temporary basis for about 20 minutes after eating food containing Ajinomoto and may last for 2 hours also. If you consume foods containing Ajinomoto on an empty stomach or drink alcohol at the same time, the symptoms will appear faster and the individual will suffer severely.

Long term effects result in cancer and tumors as Ajinomoto is a carcinogen which aids in causing cancer and tumors . The number of cases reported for cancer have increased as people have drifted to fast food culture. MSG also causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome which makes the individual suffer as they will become sensitive to food prepared at home too.

Long term effects of regular intake of Ajinomoto :

  • Affects Immune system : Ajinomoto itself is not an allergen but affects immune response by stimulating it or causing damage to the Nervous system.
  • Nervous system : Over stimulate Nervous system and damage myelin sheath leading to disorders like Multiple sclerosis
  • Damage Brain : Ajinomoto in high doses cross the BBB (Blood Brain Barrier) and damage the Brain cells. Recent study also claims that regular intake of Ajinomoto linked to Alzheimers and even genetic mutations.
  • Thyroid dysfunction : Ajinomoto have a direct action on Hypothalamus which in turn affects Pituitary and Thyroid gland.
  • Obesity : Individual is inactive and impacts blood circulation
  • Diabetes Mellitus : Excess Ajinomoto may over stimulate Pancreas and lead to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Loss of Vision : Damage Retina and loss of vision may occur due to over dose of Ajinomoto.
  • Breathing Problems, Asthma: Conditions will aggravate
  • Fluctuations in BP : Either too low or very high BP may be seen as a side effect.
  • Cardiac problems like Palpitation, Irregular Heart Beat etc.
  • Gastric upsets like Vomiting, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome etc.
  • Cancer, Tumors

There is a need to strictly monitor the food intake. Be alert while purchasing frozen food, canned foods, sauces and other food products , read label to check if it contains Ajinomoto. FDA insists that products should display the ingredients, it is mandatory. Be extra careful while buying imported food products . In USA and Canada the situation is more stringent and Ajinomoto must be listed on the label.

Strictly avoid MSG added food for children below 2 years as it retards their growth. Dieticians believe an unhealthy diet lacks in calorie content and is highly unhygienic and can cause diseases like mental retardation, decreased IQ level, asthma, a running nose along with itchy eyes. It is a myth that fast foods are rich in calorie. They are not balanced diet and do not contain carbohydrates, protein, fibers, vitamins and minerals.

Your family’s health is in your hands. Choose a healthy and balanced diet.