MSG and Triggers in general

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Posted by Jack Boyd ( on October 30, 1999 at 09:18:20:

I have seen a few posts from folks who say they are triggered from MSG. I wonder how they can be so certain. I am no MSG expert but it seems there is lots of it around - see below:

"The human body treats glutamate that is added to foods in the form of MSG the same as the natural glutamate found in food. For instance, the body does not distinguish between free glutamate from tomatoes, cheese or mushrooms and the glutamate from MSG added to foods. Glutamate is glutamate, whether naturally present or from MSG.

Glutamate Contents of Foods
Food Size Serving Glutamate
Tomato juice 1 cup 0.827
Tomato 3 slices 0.339
Meat loaf dinner 9 oz. 0.189
Human breast milk 1 cup 0.176
Mushrooms 1/4 cup 0.094
Parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp 0.047
Corn 1/2 cup 0.031
Peas 1/2 cup 0.024
Cow's milk 1 cup 0.016
Canned tuna (in water) 1/2 can 0.008 "

Cause and efect - I drink any alcohol during a cycle and wham I get a cluster within minutes. Trigger - you bet.

MSG - we know there are MSG headaches - the Chinese food deal. But triggering clusters - consider me respectfully skeptical.

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