Just when we thought we knew all the names… here’s an updated list
Just when we thought we knew the names of all the ingredients in which MfG¹ could be hidden, a new collection appeared on the market.
For many years we’ve known that flavor enhancers contain the free glutamate in hydrolysates, autolysates, yeast extracts and enzyme modified ingredients that enhanced taste by triggering glutamate receptors in the mouth and on the tongue. These are ingredients such as soy protein isolate, hydrolyzed pea protein and autolyzed yeast extract.
The so-called “plant based,” protein substitutes like “Just Egg,” “Impossible Meats,” “Beyond Beef” and “Lightlife plant-based burgers” contain glutamic acid and aspartic acid (both excitotoxic ² — brain damaging — ingredients) which are part of the amino acid stews used for claiming that the products contain protein.
Now, with a rush for “clean labels,”³ creative new names are being assigned to old ingredients.
Names of ingredients that always contain MfG
Note: Glutamic acid found in unadulterated protein does not cause adverse reactions. To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been processed/manufactured, released from protein during processing, or come from protein that has been fermented.
Everyone knows that some people react to the food ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG). What many don’t know, is that more than 40 different ingredients contain the chemical in monosodium glutamate — Manufactured free Glutamate (MfG) — that causes these reactions. The following list of ingredients that always contain MfG was compiled over the last 30 years from consumer reports and information provided by manufacturers and food technologists.
Glutamic acid (E 620)⁴
Glutamate (E 620)
Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
Calcium glutamate (E 623)
Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
any “Hydrolyzed protein”
Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate
Yeast extract, Torula yeast
Yeast food, Yeast nutrient, Nutritional yeast
Autolyzed yeast, Brewer’s yeast
Whey protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate
Soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
anything “Protein fortified”
anything “Protein concentrate”
anything “Protein isolate”
Soy sauce extract
anything “Enzyme modified”
anything containing “Enzymes”
A list of the additional ingredients that contain lesser amounts of MfG will be found at: https://www.truthinlabeling.org/assets/ingredient_names.pdf
1. Manufactured free Glutamate
2. Brain damaging.
3. Labels of foods that contain undesirable components but give no clue to their presence.
4. Numbers used in Europe in place of food additive names.
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