MSG is a whole lot more than a flavor enhancer

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  2. The fact of glutamate-induced brain dam- age followed by obesity;
  3. The abundance of excitotoxic glutamate in processed and ultra-processed foods;
  4. The fact that pregnant females can pass excitotoxic glutamate to their fetuses; and
  5. The correlation between the time that virtually unlimited amounts of free glutamate became available in food and the beginning of the obesity epidemic.
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