The silent killer E621 of sodium glutamate
Glutamate sodium ( Latin natrii glutamas, English monosodium glutamate, sodium glutamate ) is a monosodium salt of glutamic acid, a popular food additive E621 (also referred to as "flavor enhancer" in this capacity). It is a white crystalline powder, readily soluble in water.
Glutamate sodium was introduced in the early 50's. years, as a miracle enhancer, designed to make food more tasty and appetizing. As a food supplement, sodium glutamate has been widely used since the beginning of the 20th century, when it was first obtained by Ikeda Kikunae. It is registered as a food supplement E621, in European countries it is sometimes referred to as MSG ( English monosodium glutamate ).
The annual consumption of sodium glutamate on the planet reached 200,000 tons. As an additive, glutamate of sodium, rather than potassium or other elements, is most often used, since it is technologically simpler and the taste of sodium glutamate is more pronounced.
As you know, a person distinguishes four shades of taste: sweet, salty, sour and bitter . And thanks to glutamate sodium, we learned what the fifth taste is . In the 50s of the last century, it was found that glutamate surprisingly helps to produce smells and tastes like meat. Since then, the taste enhancer - sodium glutamate - has become widely used and has gained popularity around the world.
This is the most common taste enhancer in the world.
It is put in almost all industrial products. This sausage, seasonings, broth cubes, dry noodles (soups), hamburgers, bacon, chips, crackers, canned food, pelmeni. And it's almost the main component of all the same industrial sauces - mayonnaise, ketchup and others.
Sodium glutamate causes dependence. That's why it's a lot in fast food.
Sodium glutamate sometimes masks spoiled or poor-quality raw materials. It successfully repels the smell of rotten meat. The proven harm to health is called the "overeating" of the substance. Causes nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, chest pain.
It is said that for adults, the daily dose of sodium glutamate should not exceed 1.5 grams, for adolescents - 0.5 grams per kilogram of body weight. For children up to three years, it is generally better not to give products containing glutamate sodium. Experts say: glutamate sodium in small amounts does not cause harm, but manufacturers do not indicate its exact share in the products on the labels.
Other names of sodium glutamate:
- umami (umami)
- Sodium glutamate
- Sodium Glutamate
- sodium glutamate
- Sodium glutamate
- flavor enhancer
- L-glutamic acid sodium salt
- glutamic acid monosodium salt
- monosodium glutamate
- MSG (abbreviation for monosodium glutamat)
The additive is proven to be harmful to asthmatics. It worsens the course of the disease.
The presence in human nutrition in the large leads to various biochemical disorders. Various reactions of the body to glutamic acid surplus are recorded. These are headaches, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, breathing problems, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, palpitations, partial paralysis, coordination problems, confusion, mood swings, behavioral problems (especially in children and adolescents), allergic-type symptoms, rashes on the skin, depression ...
Also, medical studies have shown a link between sodium glutamate and Alzheimer's syndrome, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, etc. Many physicians believe that sodium glutamate is not just harmful, but dangerous to health, because its mechanism of action is like a narcotic. Easily penetrating into the blood and brain, it directly affects the hormonal background and changes the genes responsible for the taste sensations, increasing the sensitivity of the taste buds of the tongue. So, glutamate "disaccustoms" a person from natural food, podsazhivaya to harmful fast food.
Glutamate sodium causes:
- Damage to the hypothalamus caused by injection of glutamate sodium in the breast period, and the further development of obesity.
- Destroys the nerve cells.
- Autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Alzheimer's disease.
- It breaks the retina of the eye, causes glaucoma.
- Makes a person aggressive.
- Causes gastritis, ulcers.
Sodium glutamate unnecessarily stimulates the nervous system, it breaks the hormonal balance in the body. But the main consumer of products with glutamates is a teenager. Children, having looked at advertising, massively absorb chips, crackers, and then we, parents, are surprised: where does gastritis come from, where is the peptic ulcer? And why is it that our children are so nervous, very excitable? They did not eat anything else.
Sodium glutamate during overdose causes obesity, allergic reactions, abnormalities in the retina of the eye, in the DNA structure, palpitation and headache. And do we always know how much this "magic" powder the manufacturer added to the product? Most often on the packaging, it is only specified.
Amplifiers of taste, (the same sodium glutamate) are calculated, that we withe overeat, if not to say - obzharalsya all sorts of chemical delicacies. We are deceived, and we are happy to deceive ourselves. And then, coming to our senses, we with horror look at the arrow of scales and we rush in the opposite direction, limiting ourselves practically in everything. And again we eat chemistry, but now to lose weight!
There is a natural sodium salt of glutamic acid, produced from fish products, for example, in South-East Asia it is obtained from shrimp and fish entrails. There are other natural sources of glutamate - algae, malt and beet. Even in our body it is capable of being developed in order to participate in the work of the brain and the nervous system. But the artificially synthesized salt has completely different properties.
Artificial sodium glutamate, the synthesis of which is much cheaper, gives the dish the taste and smell of meat, it is added to seasonings, bouillon cubes, instant noodles, crunches, chips. Strengthening the taste of products, or rather, giving them a more attractive taste than there is in fact (especially if you take stale and poor-quality raw materials), sodium glutamate simultaneously suppresses mustiness, rancidity, and other unpleasant flavors - even the taste of decaying meat. A wonderful substance! What can be fed to the consumer!
Manufacturers understand that many people prefer to avoid products on the packaging indicated: the taste enhancer is sodium glutamate (E 621), they try to hide it from us. Especially if the product contains less than 50% of sodium glutamate, the manufacturer may not notify the buyer about it, but some manufacturers are so insolent that they write on their products "WITHOUT CONSERVANTS", "WITHOUT ADDING CONSERVANTS" on the front side ( "No ADDED", or "NO MSG Added" - the American version).
Other manufacturers "hide" the glutamate of sodium under such names on the package: " Hydrolized vegetable" - "Hydolyzed Vegetable Protein" , also it is hidden under the name "Accent", "Aginomoto", "Natural Meat Tenderizer" . The desire to emphasize that their product is a healthy food, in contrast to the product of their competitors, which provides a better chance of buying.
Glutamate sodium is found in all products manufactured industrially, semi-finished products, meat, dairy products, they are especially numerous, it is used in the manufacture of dishes from legumes, fish, vegetables, poultry, enhancing their taste, in the production of canned goods, soups, concentrates, seasonings, in production sausage products of sodium glutamate are added with spices and salt.
If the products say "the taste is identical to natural" - it's E621 , E631 - the foreigners designate them as MSG , here are some of them:
- Dried fruits
- The president
- Many others, in general, go to the kitchen and look
Artificial MSG is a poison that destroys nerve cells.
Natural glutamic acid is the main element for brain nutrition, it increases intelligence, treats depression, reduces fatigue. Artificial substances are not at all identical with the natural. Right-sided isomers (which in artificial amounts to 50%) are capable of being poisons, even in very useful products - and are almost always harmful to the body.
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