Sunday, November 20, 2011
MSG Migraines Anyone?
Sweets were never my favorite indulgence. I've always been partial to salty treats. I was thinking that maybe my salty diet was somehow contributing to my migraines, but then it hit me. What about MSG? I cook with chicken bouillon (pictured above) every chance I can and have never given the ingredients a single thought, or worried about what it could be doing to my health. When I read the label, I saw that MSG is the third ingredient listed, only after salt and cornstarch. Since I know that manufacturers list ingredients in descending order by weight, it's safe to assume that there's quite a bit of MSG in this particular chicken bouillon (and most others I'm willing to bet). There's a great deal of scientific and medical data that shows how bad MSG can be to our health.
As of today, I'm eliminating this seasoning from my diet. I love the taste of it in my recipes, but I don't love my migraines. They're monstrous thieves that rob me of pieces of my life.
You can read more about migraine triggers in this informative guide written by Dale Kiefer.