Last month, I told you about Greyley getting migraines. Well, you must have taken me up on the prayer request. She has been doing so much better. I think she’s had two headaches since I wrote about it. One was a symptom of tonsillitis, and neither headache went fully into the whole awful cycle. Thank God!
I talked a little about how we’ve changed our diet the last several years. When we were told to give her anti-seizure medication every day, with hair falling out as a side effect, I knew I had to at least look into trying a change in diet. We did drastic changes, not knowing what to expect.
It has been a huge blessing because it HAS helped, but it has also been extremely challenging. I’m praying for the day where we can still eat healthy, but where it won’t be a big deal if we get something that isn’t the best. An occasional cheat at a birthday party shouldn’t be a big deal.
In all of this, it has really bugged me to find out more about what is really in things. I won’t go into all of it~ I don’t want to mess you up when you go to eat all that junk…but there is one that I do want to talk about today.
MSG. Monosodium glutamate~ a food additive and flavor enhancer. It’s a toxic little enhancer, that’s what. While it has typically been thought of as something that is primarily in Chinese food, it is in MANY more foods. Here are some that might shock you: chicken broth, potato AND tortilla chips, barbeque sauce, ice cream, and salad dressings. Of course, there are the obvious foods that have it: fast food and processed foods.
There are also other names for “hidden MSG”~ Calcium Caseinate, Carrageenan, Hydrolyzed Protein, Modified Food Starch, Sodium Caseinate, Textured protein, and Yeast extract. Accent Seasoning and Spike are MSG.
It’s basically in everything. When you think about it being in chicken broth, for Pete’s sakes, you realize it’s everywhere.
Forty years ago, it wasn’t everywhere. It’s probable that the increase of MSG and processed foods (which go hand in hand) has contributed greatly to the rise of obesity and health issues in our country.
In finding out that it really affects Greyley with migraines, I feel it did our family a favor to cut as much as we could out of our diet. We all feel better. And believe me, we all feel it when we “cheat.” Not good.
It’s tricky, though. There are a couple of things that just DO NOT taste the same without MSG. This is actually ONE of my main reasons for writing this post…besides just wanting more people to avoid something that’s not good for you. I’d really like to know if any of you have recipes that are MSG-free for a couple of things.
Ranch dressing…I have tried every organic Ranch dressing and it is very vinegar-y. Yuck. I have nothing against vinegar, but I want my Ranch to taste like Ranch!
Actually all the dressings are not quite right, now that I think about it. Hmm…
Barbeque Sauce…again with the strong vinegar taste!
Alternative for Onion Soup Mix~ I used this in making roasts, meatloaf, etc…Any ideas on how to get that taste without the MSG?
It takes a bit of work to cut out these things…they’re convenient~ they’re everywhere! But it’s worth it. You’ll feel better. MSG makes you eat more; it’s addicting…it’s EVIL! Mwuahahaha!!!
Let me know if you have any good recipes!