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.American Free Press
.Vol IX .#28-29July 13-20,


New Factor Named
As Causative Factor in
Obesity Epidemic

By Pat Shannan

.What in the world is makingAmericans so fat in recent years? It is not unusual these days to see teenagers—both boys and girls—a hundred pounds or more overweight, and many adults would wish they could lose that much just as a starter.
Could there be a single chemical in our diets today that is causing this obesity epidemic? John Erb, author of The Slow Poisoning of America says there is. He says the culprit is MSG—monosodium glutamate. Erb was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals in the midst of researching facts for his book.
In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally fat, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas secretes, causing rats (and apparently humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: “MSG-Treated Rats.”
MSG is in your favorite flavor of coffee at Starbucks and may be used in the “secret” herbs and spices Col. Sanders discovered for his “Kentucky fried” chicken recipe now marketed as KFC.
MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as “natural flavoring,” “Accent®,” and “natural meat tenderizer.” And just how is the public supposed to know that hydrolyzed vegetable protein is actually MSG under a different label?
If you find this shocking, go to your own pantry and refrigerator and discover why you, too, can’t shake the excess pounds. Your own house is loaded with MSG. Campbell’s soups, Betty Crocker’s Hamburger Helper, the Heinz sauces, Swanson’s frozen prepared meals, and Kraft’s salad dressings—even the so-called “healthy low-fat” ones—are all making you fatter, and this is to mention but a smidgeon of what is on our kitchen shelves.
A few years ago, when some of the better read public began to avoid MSG, the food companies began to package it under the deceptive disguise of “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” (HVP), and it is a safe bet that other attractive marketing terms are now ready to be printed as soon as too many people smarten up and stop buying any product that mentions the HVP on its label.
But it doesn’t stop at your own kitchen. Taking your family out for fast food certainly doesn’t solve anything. Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Taco Bell dispense the MSG as readily as salt and pepper. The sit-down restaurants such as Applebee’s, Denny’s, Chili’s and TGI Friday’s use it in abundance, and KFC, by putting it in every chicken dish, salad and gravy that they serve, may be the worst offender of all.
Just ask the manager for his ingredient list, which he will grudgingly provide, and you will see the MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein everywhere.
Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance, strangely interacting with the pleasure center of your brain. Even the food group lobby in Washington that supports it has admitted that the reason the companies add it to their food is to make people want to eat more.
Since MSG was introduced into the American food supply about 50 years ago, it has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and fast foods with which we are tempted every day.
The potato chip TV commercial from 25 years ago saying “Betcha’ can’t eat [just] one” takes on a whole newmeaning when we know the secret behind the offer.
The FDA has set no limits on how much MSG can be added to foods, and its claim that the poison can be eaten in any amount flies in the face of decades of research proving that it is not safe at all. The studies mentioned above link MSG to diabetes, migraine headaches, autism, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
One may find that Alzheimer’s link most interesting when recalling that the appearance and upsurge in incidents of that illness spans the same time frame since the introduction of MSG into the American diet.
The mainstream media won’t tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Americans are cursed with obesity caused and accelerated by an addictive food additive.

Pat Shannon is a contributing editor to American Free Press newspaper. He has long tried to correct the falsehoods put out by the mainstream medical establishment about natural health alternatives.

(Issue #28-29 Health Supplement, July 13-20, 2009, AMERICAN FREE PRESS)


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