Girl! Take a seat before I spill this news… Researchers at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) have found that if you eat more MSG, you are more likely to be overweight! And they factored in the amount of calories and it wasn’t that… if you’re eating the same number of calories but your meals contain more MSG, you’ll gain more weight. PEOPLE WHO EAT MSG (vs people who don’t eat any MSG) GAIN WEIGHT. Brutal.
— HOW DOES MSG CA– — USE WEIGHT GAIN?
Another study, published in Obesity magazine showed that MSG MAKES YOU _THREE_ TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE OVERWEIGHT than someone eating the same amount of calories but no MSG! This study suggests that MSG actually damages your hypothalamus (the part of your brain that regulates appetite) and causes leptin resistance (leptin is a crucial hormone which regulates appetite and metabolism) so YOU NO LONGER FEEL FULL AND SATISFIED after you eat. Instead you just keep eating and eating…
So, the brainiac science aside… the bottom line is that this study suggests that MSG makes us fat! It’s not just us humans either…
…Think of the poor lab rats. For decades, when scientists want rats to be obese for certain experiments, they just give them MSG and HEY PRESTO – you get a HUGELY FAT RAT!
This wouldn’t be particularly interesting except that:
*1) We humans have been shown to be 5 times more sensitive to the damaging effects of MSG than rats are!
*2) Studies have shown that fat gained because of MSG is harder to lose (through diet or exercise).
— WHAT IS MSG & WHY IS IT ADDED TO FOOD?
MSG is a flavor enhancer that makes food taste better and IT’S FOUND IN ALMOST ALL PACKAGED FOOD. MSG is an excitotoxin – it stimulates the brain to make huge amounts of dopamine. When you eat food laced with MSG you feel a huge pleasure rush and it’s highly addictive too…
— LIST OF FOODS CONTAINING MSG
Packaged foods (e.g. gravies, salad dressings, soups, stock cubes, chips, ramen noodles, processed cheeses, ketchup, many spice blends, frozen hamburgers, deli meats, many brands of bacon & ham) and fast food restaurant food (including KFC / Kentucky Fried Chicken – “no, no, not my KFC! Say it ain’t so…” / “It’s so! Deal with it. LOL.”, lots of Chinese Food etc)!
More detailed list:
It’s no wonder sometimes we gain weight and we can’t work out why!
I’m here rooting for you!
The Lifestylista ®
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