“FDA-Approved Food Additives That Can Cause Brain Damage”

Just because a product is FDA-approved doesn’t mean that it can’t cause serious side effects. MSG. For instance, chicken sandwiches from Popeye’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s all contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), a type of excitatory neurotoxin (excitotoxin) that has been shown to adversely affect the brain. Many people perceive that MSG enhances the savory, umami (savory taste) flavor of certain foods. A conscious effort has been made to eliminate the use of MSG across the food industry. However, the excitotoxin is currently approved for public consumption by the FDA—and has been since the 1980s. It can be found in food products ranging from potato chips and salad dressing to chicken noodle soup and protein powder. MSG is a controversial food-additive used in canned food, crackers, meat, salad dressings, frozen dinners and a myriad of other products. Glutamate. Glutamate is essential for brain health, but too much can have serious neurological adverse effects. Too much dietary glutamate, however, can severely disrupt normal cellular function, particularly in the brain. The toxic effects can include CNS disorder, obesity, disruptions in adipose tissue physiology, hepatic damage, CRS and reproductive malfunctions. Aspartame. Another excitotoxin that has stirred up similar controversy is aspartame. Aspartame can be found on the ingredient lists of many low-calorie or diet-food products. Although hundreds of studies support aspartame’s safety, countless others do not. MDLinx previously reported on the harmful cognitive, mental health, and neurological effects associated with aspartame consumption.

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