Hidden Names for MSG

Hidden Names for MSG

You probably already know that mono-sodium glutamate or MSG is an extremely unhealthy food ingredient. If you know this much, then you are probably aware of the fact that MSG is very widely used, especially in processed foods, and that many people are sensitive to it.

However, you may not be aware of all the many different and unexpected foods which contain MSG.

Below, we have included a list of ingredients which contain MSG as well as the different foods these ingredients are used in so that you might have a better understanding of the variety and danger of mono-sodium glutamate.




The following lists the various names of MSG or MSG containing ingredients:

  • Glutamic acid or Glutamate
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Calcium glutamate
  • Monoammonium glutamate
  • Magnesium glutamate
  • Natrium glutamate
  • Yeast extract
  • Calcium caseinate or Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast food or Yeast nutrient
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured protein
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto

Look out for “hydrolyzed protein” or anything “hydrolyzed” on food labels; this means that the product uses MSG. Also, be aware that the three ingredients Disodium 5’-guanylate, Disodium 5’-inosinate and Disodium 5’-ribonucleotides work synergistically with MSG. If they are used in a food in order to enhance flavor, so is MSG.

The following lists the names of ingredients that often contain or produce MSG:

  • Carrageenan
  • Bouillon and broth
  • Stock
  • Whey protein, Whey protein concentrate or Whey protein isolate
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric Acid
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Soy protein, Soy protein concentrate or Soy protein isolate
  • Seasonings



Keep in mind that anything labeled as “fermented,” “protein fortified,” “enzyme modified” or “ultra-pasteurized” contains MSG. In addition, it is useful to remember that any “enzymes,” “flavors” or “flavoring” usually have MSG too. As you can see, it is extremely important that you read food labels carefully while shopping.

This last list contains the names of certain foods that are known to trigger an MSG-reaction in highly sensitive people:

  • Corn starch
  • Corn syrup
  • Modified corn starch
  • Lipolyzed butter fat
  • Dextrose
  • Rice syrup or brown rice syrup
  • Milk powder
  • Reduced fat milk (this includes: skim milk, 1% milk, 2% milk, etc.)
  • Most products labeled “low fat” or “no fat”
  • Any product labeled “Enriched” or “Vitamin enriched”

The above information has been provided by www.truthinlabeling.org.

The frequent use of the food ingredient, mono-sodium glutamate or MSG is becoming a major problem in today’s society. While many people are discovering, through trial and error, that MSG makes them sick, it is very difficult to know which products contain MSG and which products do not. Fortunately, with the help of informative sources such as the one above, it is possible to learn about MSG-related ingredients. Knowing what this ingredient does, where it is located and how to avoid it is the key to staying healthy.

MSG image courtesy Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.

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