MSG and Food Colorings: Beware!

On March 12, 2011, I was the keynote speaker at the Cedar Grove School health fair in Ashburn, Virginia.  I presented “Food for Thought Part I,” which describes the effects of food additives on children’s ability to learn.  Did you know that food colors  in animal studies prevent the neurotransmitter dopamine from activating neurons?  Did you know that glutamate is an excitotoxin, meaning that it literally excites neurons to death, leaving a lesion (a hole) in their place?  Parents in the audience were shocked to learn that glutamate is hidden in many common food ingredients, such as casein, soy protein, and yeast.  For a list of these MSG aliases and other resources for MSG and additives, see the downloadable documents on my Resources page.

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