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By Pat Shannan
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
ask the manager for his ingredient list, which he will grudgingly
provide, and you will see the MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Shannon is a contributing editor to American
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