6. Companies save money by tricking your taste buds.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is an amino acid that helps intensify the flavor of foods. By adding it to things like soups and salad dressings, companies are able to reduce the amount of real ingredients in their foods, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The problem is, animal studies link the food additive to nerve-cell damage in the brain, and many humans report MSG-induced migraines.
Try this instead: Avoid products listing MSG or monosodium glutamate; other ingredients like natural flavoring and hydrolyzed vegetable protein could also contain glutamate, according to CSPI.
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