Studies show MSG fed Mice became Grossly Obese
In 1968 Dr. John Olney started conducting experiments on mice using MSG. (Mice are frequently used as test animals because they react most like humans to MSG.) Obsessed with the microscopic changes in the brains of the mice he overlooked something quite dramatic first noticed by his assistant. She pointed out to him that all of the mice were grossly obese. At first he thought it was just a fluke, but as the experiment progressed he noticed that indeed all the mice fed MSG became grossly obese.
Since his early observation, other studies have confirmed that MSG causes gross obesity in animals. At an international neuroscience meeting, Dr. Olney was asked if he thought the reason AMericans were so obese was, inf act, due to their high consumption of MSG additives. The question was never answered, but since that conference in the 1970â€²s, America has undergone this virtual epidemic of gross obesity, especially among its youth.
While most will attribute the problem to childrenâ€™s couch-potato lifestyles or diets high in sugar and other forms of carbohydrate and fat, other research has been conducted that sheds further light on the theory of MSG-induced obestity. One study discovered that animals fed MSG soon after birth preferred foods that were high in carbohydrates and low in nutritional value. They also ate less, but ate rapidly. In other words, they were eating like teenagers.
Keep in mind that MSG now hides under several guises in most packaged and processed foods. Some of the names allowed to be used include: Natural Flavors, Natural Flavoring, Other Seasonings, Other Spices, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, an Amino Acids. For more on hidden MSG in our foods, see http://truthinlabeling.org/
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