I thought maybe it was a panic attack but I wasn't having trouble breathing. I'd only had one coffee that morning. I kept pacing around and could not concentrate. One of my colleagues finally pointed out that it might have been the MSG in the dim sum we had eaten for lunch.
It made perfect sense.
I generally avoid eating MSG. I've moved away from hydrogenated oils, eschewing most crackers any particularly cheap forms of baked goods. I try to nourish my body with nutrients and minimize the negativity.
I almost wonder if I'm allergic to MSG. But then again, wait, isn't that unpleasant feeling that we all experience just the modus operandi of MSG? Do you ever feel Great after eating MSG? Monosodium glutamate is the kind of food ingredient that makes me wake up in a cold sweat after having a night terror. Literally. Like I said, it makes my palms all sweaty.
You can look up the reasons why MSG is scary, but I thought I'd offer you a handy list of names that MSG goes by in case you want to monitor your consumption:
- Autolyzed Plant Protein
- Autolyzed Yeast
- Barley malt
- Gelatin Calcium Caseinate
- Glutamic Acid
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
- Monopotassium glutamate
- Monosodium glutamate
- Natural flavoring
- Senomyx (wheat extract labeled as artificial flavor)
- Sodium Caseinate
- Textured Protein
- Vegetable Protein Extract
- Whey protein concentrate or isolate
- Yeast Extract
- Yeast food or nutrient