I have made an effort to stay away from MSG due to the many health problems associated with this "naturally occurring non-essential amino acid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamate)".
I finished off a bag of "Kettle Brand" potato chips found in the local healthy organic food store. After doing some research on food additives, I pulled the empty bag out of the trash to look at the ingredients....I would have never guessed that this potato chip that claims it "tastes so great because they are made from all natural, real food ingredients", would contain MSG...it even states in bold letters on the bag:
0 grams of trans fat
Only all natural colors and flavors
Only natural oils
Real food ingredients
It sounds like they would be healthy....but it doesn't state NO MSG. So I read the label and the ingredient "yeast extract" is one of the "hidden names for MSG that contains the highest percentage of factory created free glutamate, with MSG containing 78%... " (http://www.msgmyth.com/hidename.htm )
The FDA considers labels such as "No MSG" or "No Added MSG" to be misleading if the food contains ingredients that are sources of free glutamate, yet they have set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount.
"Go into your kitchen, check the cupboards and the fridge. MSG is in everything! The Campbell's soups, the Hostess, Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low fat' ones.
The items that didn't have MSG had something called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed ourselves and children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who catch on. But it doesn't stop there. When your family goes out to eat, start asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, may swear they didn't use MSG. But when you ask for the ingredient list, which they should grudgingly provide, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein will be everywhere."
If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at www.pubmed.com. Type in the words "MSG Obese", and read a few of the 230 medical studies that appear.