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What is MSG and its side effects on Kids?

June 10, 2015 in Baby Food, Effective Parenting, Health, Health, Health & Lifestyle, Mom’s Care, Nutritional Insights, Parenting, Planning for future, Positive Parentingby Mrs Abhilasha V
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kids enjoying restaurant food

Many of you would have recently come across the word MSG and wondered what it exactly is. MSG, also known as monosodium glutamate, sodium glutamate, gelatin, glutamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), glutamic acid etc. is the sodium salt of glutamic acid. It is used as a flavour enhancer in the food industry. MSG as a flavour enhancer makes the tasteless food fresher, tastier and smell better. It does this by tricking of our taste buds.

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msg is found in foods like chinese food
msg is found in foods like Chinese food

You may find MSG commonly used in Chinese food, restaurant cooked meals, canned vegetables, soups, salad dressings, and processed meats. You may find MSG naturally in potatoes, peas, tomatoes and tomato juice, mushrooms, grapes, grape juice and other fruit juices, as well as cheeses such as Parmesan and Roquefort.

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little boy enjoying processed food

It is a kind of food additive with a long list of harmful side effects. MSG is a toxic chemical that directly damages neurological tissue, causes metabolic syndrome, can damage the brain and even cause death. The regular intake of MSG can cause Obesity, Eye damage, Headaches, Fatigue and disorientation, Depression, etc.

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kids should be given fresh vegetables
kids should be given fresh vegetables

Children are unprotected and very helpless when it comes to the negative effects of MSG. As they are budding souls and their brains are still developing, the harmful effects of MSG are more intense for them. Their developing brains are easily damaged by the poisonous chemical. MSG runs down in their blood and destroys the developing nerve fibres. There is no safe limit to MSG’s amount that can be put in the food for a child.

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Harmful effects of MSG on Children:

  • Migraines:

    MSG is the major factor that can induce migraines in children. Research has proved that children, who consume MSG on a regular basis, often suffer from migraine issues.

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    an overweight boy having snacks and watching tv
  • Obesity: 

          Several studies conducted by the experts have come to a conclusion that intake of MSG regularly may cause obesity problems in kids.

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    • Hyperactivity:

      MSG intake damages the nerve fibres and causes neurological issues like depression, mood swings, rage reactions, migraine headache, dizziness, light-headedness, loss of balance, disorientation, mental confusion, anxiety, panic attacks, hyperactivity, and other behavioural problems in children.

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  • Asthma:MSG causes respiratory issues like asthma, shortness of breath, chest pain, tightness in the chest, runny nose, sneezing in kids.

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happy teen boy enjoying fresh juice and fruits

Making a choice to avoid MSG in your and your kid’s diet is a wise decision. A little bit of planning like sticking to a whole, fresh foods diet, using fresh fruits and vegetables for cooking, avoiding the purchase of food items which contain MSG and other harmful chemicals etc. can actually lead you to a toxic chemical-free and healthy lifestyle.

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