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Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 11:47 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ACK! This makes me *so* mad. I get an email newsletter from the Organic Consumers Association, and last week or so they did a moderate article on how to avoid MSG. Someone wrote to them, saying they bought a product that was questionable so they wrote to the manufacturer. OCA printed the manufacturer's response in their newsletter. Apparently I'm not a member because I wasn't able to leave a comment. Anyone else here an OCA member?



Clarification on How to Avoid MSG

OCA Web Forum User "Tater_Chip" posted this question and response: "Due to the recent email from OCA (Organic Bytes #170) covering MSG I was very alarmed to learn that whey protein, especially in isolate and hydrolyzed form are basically forms of this substance. I just purchased Solgar "Whey to go" at my local health store, Mount Hope Foods. Does anyone know the relationship/safety of whey protein powders, since they are associated with MSG?"

Response: "I got a phone call today from Solgar. They told me that their processes do not create MSG because they use no sodium. So even though free forms of glutamic amino acids are in the formula, there is nothing for them to bind with to make the dangerous form of MSG. Now this may not be the case with cheap formulas widely available. In my opinion, I would check for sodium content on the nutrition label. If it has sodium, it could bind with the glutamic acids and form MSG unintentionally. At any rate, it is something to watch our for when buying protein powder. This rule of thumb can actually apply to other protein powders as well - not just whey. You must watch out for it in soy especially, but it may also be in pea protein powder....."
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Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:39 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jennifer, It's funny I just came from reading the same thing. I decided to register on OCA so that I could post on that topic. After registering (took about 4 minutes) I then read all the posts subsequent to tater_chip's original post and found that several people had already set the record straight, so I never did post.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Saturday, May 02, 2009 - 4:39 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd read it, too, and also decided not to add my own comments when I saw the corrections others had posted.

Here's an incident regarding an organic food supplier raid that I find more alarming:
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Posted on Saturday, May 02, 2009 - 2:16 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roy, It's a wonder they didn't try to go farther and throw them in jail, like they did to John Erb. So sad!

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