As I am learning to read labels I see monosodium glutamate and don't know if that is ok? Anybody know what it is?

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As I am learning to read labels I see monosodium glutamate and don't know if that is ok? Anybody know what it is? MSG is a flavor enhancer. It works directly on the taste receptors in your mouth. Some people seem to tolerate it, while others have dramatic or subtle reactions such as fatigue, bloating, headache, etc. (sometimes called Chinese food syndrome). Chemicals like these may not be a problem for your family, but then again, they might. Although MSG itself doesn't usually contain gluten (although it may) or casein, most prepackaged foods that contain this ingredient often contain other additives like flavorings that might not be GF/CF. Here is one mom's opinion:

"MSG is an unnecessary additive. SO many people are bothered by it or suspicious of it that restaurants make a big point of saying they are MSG free. Personally, MSG doesn't bother me but my children don't need to take the chance."

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Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. is the author of Special Diets For Special Kids I & II, the foremost books on gluten and casein-free diets for children with disabilities.

Karyn Seroussi

Karyn Seroussi Karyn Seroussi is the author of Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and PDD, the story of her son's autism recovery through dietary and other biomedical interventions.

Helping since 1995

Together Lewis and Seroussi created the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI.) Since 1995, ANDI has been helping and supporting parents using dietary and biomedical interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Last year, Lisa and Karyn again joined forces and put the sum of their knowledge in a new book, The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions. They continue to write and speak on the topic of dietary intervention, and to support other parents around the world.