Ladies and gents, I am here to remind you to check the labels on your ranch dressing. There is a hidden ingredient that most of us assume would not be allowed in our food, however guess what – it is! The ingredient that we want to avoid is a preservative called Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). You may have heard or seen ‘MSG-free’ listed on many Chinese food menus, where it used to be frequently found. Unfortunately, in all actuality, MSG is still currently added as a flavor enhancer to many of the foods that we eat, including ranch dressing, soups, crackers, meats and much more.
MSG should be avoided due to many reasons. The plainest explanation is that it causes our brains to not be able to process a ‘full’ feeling after ingesting it, resulting in us feeling hungry still after a meal. Some of the side effects that have been linked to ingesting MSG regularly are migraines, seizures, ADD/ADHD, heart palpitations, tremors, and many other symptoms that can even be fatal.
MSG can be listed under many aliases, and which we need to play detective to avoid. There are over 40 that I found, and possibly more. Some of these names to watch out for are:
Glutamic acid (E 620)
Glutamate (E 620)
Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
Calcium glutamate (E 623)
Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
Any “hydrolyzed protein”
Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate
Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
Soy protein, soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Whey protein, whey protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate
For some more information on MSG and the side effects as well as places we find it, check out http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html.
In conclusion, I would like to leave you with a homemade and healthy MSG-free ranch dressing recipe. Enjoy!
(makes 1 cup)
1/2 c. dried chives
3/4 c. parsley
2 TBS. salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. paprika
Basically mix everything up in a food processor and you’re good to go.
*For Ranch Dressing:
Mix 3 TBS. of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix with 1 c. organic mayo, 1/2 c. whole-milk yogurt, & 1 tsp. of honey. Add a little bit of water if it needs thinning out.
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