The Shocking Hidden Chemical in Your Dairy Products

MSG is a flavor enhancing chemical that is quite dangerous, as many people are well aware of. MSG should be avoided at all costs, especially when you consider the fact that it’s a dangerous excitotoxin that is known for killing brain cells, promote obesity, liver disease, and has been linked to numerous health problems including migraines, seizures, ADD, and heart palpitations. Unfortunately, MSG is often hidden in foods and various products, making it difficult to avoid, even for those considered “informed” buyers. MSG can be even difficult to find for those who read food labels because it goes by a multitude of names. And to top it all off, MSG has now been found to be hidden in foods you would never expect to find it in, such as processed dairy products.

The process of pasteurization that is used in conventional dairy products actually creates free glutamic acid, otherwise known as MSG. The heat used in pasteurization breaks down the milk protein, which actually creates MSG. The creation of MSG will happen from anything that breaks down protein in a food or in a product. Ultra pasteurized products, because they are subjected to even higher temperatures, are even more at risk. Of course, you won’t see any mention of MSG or even the words free glutamic acid on their ingredient labels. Any diary product might contain MSG; powdered milk, fat free milk, cottage cheese, cream, reduced fat milk, ice cream, cream cheese, even yogurt. In short, almost all conventional dairy products will contain MSG. Reas also about Europe milk vending machines. Unfortunately; even organic products might have it.

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The reason for this is because of FDA rules, which state that, if MSG is added on its own, then it must be listed on the label, if it’s mixed with other foods or ingredients, however, then it doesn’t need to be put on the label. This means that items that are labeled “Now made with sea salt”, or “Low Sodium” are suspect as MSG can be added to the sea salt or whatever chemical flavor enhancer they are using in place of salt and not list MSG on the label. This is terribly misleading to the American public.

Besides being hidden in conventional dairy, MSG is hidden in simply hundreds, maybe even thousands, of products that you would never think of. Check out this list of just some of the products and foods that contain MSG:

  • Conventional produce wax ( such as the wax on apples)
  • Processed foods
  • Animal food and feed ( even pet food)
  • Dietary supplements
  • Fish sauces
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics
  • Ranch dressings
  • Personal care products
  • Kosher foods
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Parmesan
  • Infant formulas or baby food
  • Fertilizers and plant growth enhancers
  • Chewing gum
  • Packaged gravies
  • Soap, shampoo, hair conditioners
  • Candy
  • Items with “cheese” powders
  • Croutons
  • Various beverages (find out top reasons why you should avoid diet soda)
  • Tomato or mushroom sauces
  • Dipping sauces
  • Soups, including instant soup mixes
  • Restaurant food ( even if they state it’s MSG free)
  • Protein powder, shakes, bars, and drinks
  • Most powdered or dried food mixes such as taco seasonings, or meat flavorings


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MSG can be found in many food additive ingredients. Check out your favorite foods to see if you are unknowingly consuming MSG. This chemical is hiding in many foods, such as:

  • Protein fortified everything
  • Autolyzed yeast extract
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Hydrolyzed corn gluten
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Hydrolyzed pea protein
  • Yeast extracts
  • Textured protein
  • Autolyzed plant protein
  • Enzyme modified everything
  • Citric acid
  • Gelatin
  • Protease enzymes
  • Disodium inosinate
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Disodium guanylate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Xanthium gum
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • “Natural” flavor
  • Carrageenan
  • Barley malt
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt extract

It’s shocking, isn’t it, how MSG hides in everything? It’s much better, however, to be informed about where this dangerous neurotoxin hides so that you can reduce your exposure as much as possible.