MSG In Baby Food?

Is there a link between the dramatic, unprecedented increase in neurological and psychiatric illness among America’s youth?
Serious brain disorders such as schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar syndrome, and attention-deficit disorder are common and increasing problems in the U.S..
From the day they are born, American children are bombarded with a steady dosage of highly toxic chemicals in their food and drink, as well as daily hygiene products like toothpaste, soaps, and lotions. Most breakfast cereals, microwavable dinners, chips and other snacks, soft drinks, candies, ice creams and other desserts are laden with hidden toxins. It’s an unfortunate fact that the FDA refuses to ban or even require proper labeling for these chemicals. Even more unfortunate is the early age at which US children are being exposed to numerous harmful substances.
It’s more than appalling to know that MSG and aspartic acid have been found, in alarming quantities in baby food and infant formula. If you are the parent of an infant, or know someone who is, please take note of the following information.

TABLE 1
Test results in milligrams per 100 milliliters (mL)

Aspartic Glutamic
Acid Acid
Carnation Good Start
.095
.261
Enfalac Iron Fortified
.064
1.327
Enfalac Nutramigen Hypoallergenic
18.717
100.880
Isomil Soy Formula
.132
.084
Similac Lactose Free
.021
.024

TABLE 2
Test results converted to milligrams per ounce (oz.)

Aspartic Glutamic
Acid Acid
Carnation Good Start
.028
.077
Enfalac Iron Fortified
.019
.390
Enfalac Nutramigen Hypoallergenic
5.505
29.671
Isomil Soy Formula
.039
.025
Similac Lactose Free
.006
.007

In a brochure for their Enfalac formula line, Mead Johnson Nutritionals states that infant formula requirements are as follows:

1 week old infant: 6 to10 bottles (60 to120 mL) (2 to 4 oz.) formula

3 month old infant: 4 to 5 bottles (180 to 240 mL) (6 to 8 oz.) formula

Taking an average of the formula requirements given by Mead Johnson Nutritionals we find that the average requirements would be:

1 week old infant: 8 bottles of 90 mL (3 oz.) formula = 720 mL (24 oz.) formula

3 month old infant: 4.5 bottles of 210 mL (7 oz.) formula = 945 mL (31.5 oz.) formula

Therefore, amounts of neurotoxic glutamic acid and neurotoxic aspartic acid ingested daily by an average infant on each of the analyzed formulas would be as follows:

TABLE 3
Grams of aspartic acid and glutamic acid ingested daily by an average 1 week old infant

Aspartic Glutamic Total
Acid Acid
Carnation Good Start
.000684
.001879
.002563
Enfalac Iron Fortified
.000461
.009554
.010015
Enfalac Nutramigen Hypoallergenic
.134762
.726336
.861098
Isomil Soy Formula
.000950
.000605
.001555
Similac Lactose Free
.000151
.000173
.000324

Figures are based on original test results found in Table 1.TABLE 4
Grams of aspartic acid and glutamic acid ingested daily by an average 3 month old infant

Aspartic Glutamic Total
Acid Acid
Carnation Good Start
.000898
.002466
.003364
Enfalac Iron Fortified
.000605
.012540
.013145
Enfalac Nutramigen Hypoallergenic
.176876
.953316
1.130192
Isomil Soy Formula
.001247
.000794
.002041
Similac Lactose Free
.000198
.000227
.000425

Figures are based on original test results found in Table 1.

Formula Sold in the USA

In so far as we know, there has been no study of quantities of neurotoxic amino acids (glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and L-cysteine) present in infant formula sold in the USA. So we picked four cans of formula off our grocer’s shelves to illustrate the fact that formula sold in the USA has its share of MSG-containing ingredients. (Ingredients known to contain MSG or create MSG during processing are shown in bold/red.

L-cysteine is noted because it, like glutamic acid and aspartic acid, is a neurotoxic amino acid.)

TABLE 5
Ingredients in infant formula sold in the USA

Nestle Carnation Good Start

(Easy to Digest Comfort proteins)

Water, enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced minerals, whey protein concentrate (from cows’ milk), vegetable oils (palm olein, soy, coconut, high-oleic safflower), lactose, corn maltodextrin….
Enfamil

Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Formula

Water, corn syrup solids….casein hydrolysate, modified corn starchcarrageenan, L-cysteine….
Ross Isomil

Soy Formula with Iron

Water, corn syrup, sugar, soy protein isolate…modified cornstarch…carrageenan….
MeadJohnson

Enfamil with Iron

Reduced minerals, whey, nonfat milkcarrageenan

Given the vulnerability of the developing brain in infancy, one can’t help but wonder if children are being permanently impaired by early exposure to the chemicals listed above. Obviously, food products which contain MSG and aspartic acid should carry with them labels alerting consumers. But many companies have learned to disguise MSG by inventing new names to hide it under. The sweet mug of hot chocolate you lovingly prepare for your child contains sodium caseinate, carrageenan, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (all forms of MSG). The same can be said for the microwaveable pizza they had for lunch (hyrdolyzed soy protein), the potato chips they ate for a snack (monosodium glutinate), the fried chicken they had for dinner (beef stock, hydrolyzed vegetable protein), and the ice cream they ate for dessert (carrageenan).
In reality, virtually ALL processed foods on the market contains varying amounts of MSG, including products that SPECIFICALLY read NO MSG. Why are no members of the national news core conducting ANY investigation into this outrage? Has their objectivity been compromised by the millions of dollars in advertising revenue they receive from the guilty parties in this case? Why are so few elected officials voicing suspicion about the conduct of the FDA? Why are so many members of government regulatory agencies also former employees of Monsanto? How many problems of depression, sickness, crime, and insanity are at least partly attributable to the American diet?

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