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These 9 Foods contain MSG, and you probably didn’t know about it.

Food is a source of living that gives us energy and strength to work throughout the day. You do take food to keep yourself active and fit.

It helps us to be able to move.

But it also happens sometimes that you are not aware that what you are eating?

Or whatever you are eating contains which ingredients? So, for that, all you need to do is to be aware that whatever you are eating contains which ingredients in it.

Food is necessary, but it is much more necessary to what your food contains.

Being concerned about what you are eating is essential.

What is MSG?

Similarly, you should also be aware, if your food contains MSG.

MSG could be elaborated as Monosodium Glutamate.

It is a significant ingredient in Chinese and American food, but it is such kind of food which is misunderstood food additive.

People do not know what effect does it leaves on your body and health. MSG is such an ingredient that is generally added to your food, but you are not even aware of it.

This can cause severe problems for your health.

So, it is essential to stay aware of all these additives that we are ingesting every day without even knowing about them.

To make you concerned about it let’s know about the food which contains MSG.

In 2015, a research report stated that high consumption of monosodium glutamate may result in a significant increase of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Over intake of it also results in ailments like weight gain, increase in blood pressure, and also been linked to asthma attacks.

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Foods that contain MSG

This is a list of the products which usually contains monosodium glutamate. So, let’s discuss all this:

#1 Chick-fil-A chicken sandwichChick-fil-A chicken sandwich

The ingredients used in the making of Chick-fil-a contain MSG in a more significant amount, and it could be proved by knowing that it uses MSG as a condiment in quantities equal to salt.

So from this only you could recognize that how much quantity of MSG would be there in Chick-fil-a’s fried chicken.

#2 Ready to drink soupsReady to drink soups

It is true that this delicious chicken noodle soup gets all its exotic and lovely flavors from the MSG.

Not only this but all the other soups which contain added additives, they also contain huge amounts of MSG.

#3 PepperoniPepperoni

It also contains great amounts of MSG which can be hazardous to our health if consumed in unlimited quantities.

#4 Potato chipsPotato chips

Potato chips are loved by children, adults, and even old people.

But this tasty snack is also rich in MSG which could harm your health significantly.

#5 Protein powdersProtein powders

These powders are consumed for supplementing protein requirements of the body, or when you are fighting against any disease, then you are prescribed by the doctors to have such protein powders.

These protein powders also have significant quantities of MSG

#6 PopcornPopcorn

These snacks are very common especially in the theatres or at homes.

Because without popcorn movie watching experience incomplete but at that moment you are not aware that whatever flavor of popcorn you are having, it contains specific amounts of MSG.

#7 Seaweed saladSeaweed salad

Seaweed is an excellent source of iodine, vitamins, and minerals provided it comes from clean, non-polluted waters. But it also contains MSG in ample amounts.

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#8 GravyGravy

It also includes MSG, i.e. Monosodium Glutamate in it as the gravy incorporates certain additives to make the flavors exotic.

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#9 Parmesan cheeseParmesan cheese

This parmesan cheese contains a definite amount of MSG in itself, and this is the reason why it has now become a health hazard to people.

It has been a long time since it has been including such additives which are not at all suitable for our health at all.

Final Words

MSG is added to various food products to enhance its flavor, but it also ends up deteriorating your health if you do not regulate the quantity that you intake.

It’s added for its “umami quality.” MSG is not salty, sweet, sour, or bitter, but it still provides a savory flavor. It does not contain any taste, but it does cause a lot of harm to our body which sometimes can result in a health hazard or disease.

So to avoid them all you need to do is to be aware of what you are eating and how much amount of MSG does that particular product contains in itself. Also, incorporate a healthy and balanced diet in your routine with an equal balance of all nutrients.

You also need to lead an active lifestyle marked by exercise and meditation to enhance the immunity of your body against all these infections.

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Monday 8th of January 2024

You could also mention how MSG is masked in the ingredients listings of food under many names especially and most often under the name "natural flavoring."

A comprehensive list of MSG "masked" names would be relevant here.


Saturday 15th of January 2022

When you say “this Parmesan cheese” contains msg, please clarify. Natural Parmesan does not contain it and it taints the very healthy and delicious cheese variety. Also, if a Parmesan cheese contains it, I would presume some other producers would do the same.

Monday 14th of February 2022


Aged parmesan cheese naturally contains MSG, it is not added to the cheese. The idea that it is an additive for many food products is incorrect. Many things besides cheese also contain it. The seaweed wrapped around your sushi has lots of MSG in it.

Debra Wilhite APRN

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Can you please send me a list of foods that contain MSG and a list without MSG. Thank you