A List of Food Additives that Contain MSG (Plus Fresh Lucuma) : The Renegade Health Show Episode #597

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In Peru, we’ve been exploring the local markets…

In these markets, there are hundreds of vendors all selling fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and regions.

One of the best things we’ve found to date is fresh lucuma! Today, I’ll show you how to eat it. (It’s really simple)

Just a note: Don’t enter these markets if you are squeamish or can’t stand the sight of full dead animals. It’s quite unnerving.

In this episode, I also talk about food additives that contain MSG as well as if all seaweeds and algaes contain toxic ingredients. (We’ll have an “In the Kitchen” episode on Thursday!)

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Have you tried the fresh lucuma fruit?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

If you want to get Lucuma powder and try it, here’s where you can go… http://www.store.renegadehealth.com

Here’s that list of food additives that may contain MSG (thanks to Dr. Russell Blaylock http://www.blaylockwellnesscenter.com)

Additives that always contain MSG:

– Monosodium Glutamate
– Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
– Hydrolyzed Protein
– Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
– Plant Protein Extract
– Sodium Caseinate
– Calcium Caseinate
– Yeast Extract
– Textured Protein
– Autolyzed Yeast
– Hydrolyzed Oat Flour

Additives that frequently contain MSG:

– Malt extract
– Malt Flavoring
– Bouillon
– Broth
– Stock
– Flavoring
– Natural Flavoring
– Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring
– Seasoning

Additives that may contain MSG or excitotoxins:

– Carrageenan
– Enzymes
– Soy Protein Concentrate
– Soy Protein Isolate
– Whey Protein Concentrate

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Aggie says:

    Hey Kev, I totally understand how difficult it can be to change the way you pronounce something. Before I ever heard anyone prononce acai, I pronounced it in 2 sylables with a hard c and the second a silent. It took me a while to change my though patterns when learned the correct way to pronounce it. I have never had lucuma in any form.
    Thanks for the list in a form I can print out. Not so much for myself, as I know most of these when I see them, but to give to friends when I tell them and they are surprised that there are so many ways to hide msg on a label.

  2. Ann Marie Huntington says:

    No, I’ve not tried lucuma yet. I’ll go to the Asian market today to see if they have any there. I would like to try it fresh, but if I can’t find it , I will order some of your dried lucuma.
    I’ve always pronounced basil with a long A, but it is actually pronounced with a short a,,,,,bass il. I learned that in my Master Herbalist class.
    In my opinion, it doesn’t matter how you or I pronounce it, just as long as we EAT it, lol!
    Ann Marie from Boulder, Colorado

  3. Wow, this video was really cool with the fresh lucuma (maybe think of it as being spelled LOOK-uma to help pronounce it correctly). I’ve never been down to Peru, so I have never had never seen it before except in powdered form. Hey, I’ve got an idea! How about making lucuma kombucha?

  4. Karen says:

    I haven’t been lucky enough to go to South America yet so I’ve only tried lucuma powder. Thanks for the MSG list. Hope you’re having a great time in Peru!!

  5. Trudy Lane says:

    No never tried Lucuma, but would love too, thank you for the wonderful information, Trudy

  6. Kevin, I disagree that the Spanish were not skilled craftsmen. To accurately judge the skill of 16th century Spanish craftsmen, you would have to visit Spain for samples of their work, and not Peru. Renaissance builders in Europe are renowned for their skill at building beautiful structures that have stood for centuries. If you visit Europe, you will find abundant examples of this. The people who built the walls you showed in this video, were probably soldiers, sailors, explorers or missionaries – not stone masons or craftsmen.

    To compare the work of a few unskilled laborers in a remmote outpost to the skills of the native Incans is like comparing apples to oranges. A better comparison would be to compare 15th and 16th century structures in Spain to Inca structures of the same time period. Just a thought!

  7. P.S. I have never had Lucuma!

  8. StellaJervis says:

    That’s awful that “natural flavoring” frequently contains MSG. I mean, seriously.

  9. Janet says:

    Yes I have tried lucuma fruit, Kev! I have been to Peru 3 times and each time I get it there. Hey – think “Luuuuuuuucy, I’m ho-ome!”. That will help you with your pronunciation of lucuma 🙂

  10. Annie says:

    Never tried fresh lucuma – now it’s on my “bucket list” !
    Question for you…
    What’s the best way to have your blood tested when you don’t have health insurance? I once went to a doctor’s office to see if they would draw the blood, however, was told they couldn’t do anything because of my health insurance status. I have to admit that I didn’t try again.
    After all your advice, I want to go for it again!
    Thank you,

  11. Beth says:

    Never tried Lucuma fruit, but I do enjoy using the powder as a low glycemic sweetner.

    Another MSG containing ingredient is Torula Yeast.
    Mike Adams has an article on this:

  12. Corrinne says:

    Hi Kevin, I pronounce Lucuma the same way you do and will try to remember the correct way. I have only tried the powdered version and like it very much. Thank you so much for the MSG list!

  13. Ella Jane says:

    I have not tried Lucuma fruit…I have recently tried Lucuma powder and enjoy it very much….thanks so much for all the information.

  14. Regarding Hiziki: If you like the size and flavor of this particular seaweed, but want to stay away from the inorganic arsenic, consider buying Silky Sea Palm from the Mendocino Coast. You can order directly from http://www.ohsv.net Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company.

    I would STRONGLY recommend that you know who harvests your seaweed and where it comes from. This is easier if you buy “locally” instead of purchasing from Asian markets!

    In gratitude,
    Terry d’Selkie
    seaweed mermaid

  15. Heather Hemphill says:

    Hmmm I can’t get the video to play on here or YouTube on my pc or my Mac but I can get all the other videos from other sources and other Renegade videos to play without a hitch.

  16. Rene Oswald says:

    Hi Kevin and Annmarie,
    I’ve never tried lucuma, but we have Canistel here, which is very similar to lucuma and we love it! I just posted a photo on my facebook page…http://www.facebook.com/#!/rene.oswald
    Looks like you and Annmarie are having an awesome time! Finding any tennis courts?

  17. Samantha Hussey says:

    No! I have the powder only – but when I go to Peru it will be on my list of foods to try!!! I am so happy that you are in Peru learning with the Q’ero, they have so much to teach us in the West.
    Mucho Munay,

  18. Ineke says:

    No, never tried it. Thank you so much for that information. A chiropractor told me last year that the body converts carrageenan into MSG so since then I have never bought almond milk anymore of the Blue Diamond brand but rather make my own.

  19. Pat says:

    I look forward to listening to you! I have learned so much. I’ve just recently gone ‘raw’ and have quite an amount learning to do. so….. to answer your question, I have not tried lucuma. At this point, the raw agave nectar was a pretty powerful purchase brought into my white food home. I’m slowly going for a whole house conversion one green smoothie, flax seed cracker at a time.

  20. What are you douing in Peru..GRINGO??? gozala CAUSA!!!

  21. Kathryn says:

    Ultra-pasteurization also creates this neurotoxin. No one should every buy ultra-pasteurized milk!

  22. john says:

    Thank you for caring and sharing Kevin and AnnMarie for POSTING from Dr. Blaylock web site all the bad ingredients to avoid MSG.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  23. Andy says:

    I had an eggfruit/lucuma in Kauai. It was wonderful and tasted like a sweet avocado w/ a texture of the egg yolk of a hard boiled egg.I`ve ordered your lucuma powder and it tastes a bit like cookie dough. I just ate it straight from the bag.

  24. I’m trying to not take any msg in so inorder to not have any msg is to only eat fresh fruits and veggies is that right?I stoped adding salt to my food now when I go to my mother inlaws she only seves cookfood it tast like she killed it then scoked it in salt water.i know not to appatising oh well thats life.

  25. Kai says:

    this lucuma video quits at 25 seconds, over and over.


  26. Page says:

    I love the big-eyed Johnny5!
    I have never tried lucuma. I did, however, buy a book that fits in my purse that lists all of the common food additives, good and bad. I do buy some processed items once and awhile and I believe this book will come in handy!

  27. Leam says:


  28. Mike says:

    No, have not eaten the lucauma fruit. Love to try it if I can find it. Actually, I like to try all the exotic fruits (mangosteen, goji berries, and the like), but they are hard to find. Come to think of it, I did purchase some mangosteen fruit at an Asian market, but it was frozen. So I have no idea how long it has been there, cause when I open one up, the flesh looks half dried and it was not as juicy as I would hope. Totally disappointed.
    I live in the Bay Area (San Francisco/Daly City/San Mateo region). So if you or any viewers out there who know where these exotic fruits can be purchase, please let me know. My email address is ijmike@sbcglobal.net.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  29. This is the first time I was unable to get your feed.

  30. Mary Artemis says:

    I have tried many fruits and vegetables having travelled and lived all over the world. But I have never tried lucauma. Nice to know there is still stuff to try. I have never gotten past a durian but now there is so much hype from my friends that I will have to try it when there is an opportunity.
    Mary from Stamford, CT

  31. Super says:

    The vid is not loading now can you re-post it?

  32. Nicole says:

    Where on Dr. Blaylock’s website are these MSG foods listed? I couldn’t find it anywhere. I want to show and teach people about it but need the source. Thanks!

  33. Donna says:

    Kevin, what helps me to remember how to pronouce “lucuma” is to think of how you pronouce “jicama”–hope that helps.

  34. Dee says:

    No, have not tried fresh, powder yes.
    Thank you for the list of MSG, very helpful.

  35. Rachel Ngai says:

    No, I haven’t tried it. I would love to try the fresh or dried fruit.

  36. Rachel Ngai says:

    For seaweeds, I stop purchasing it in Asian stores even though it is very good price. I get it from health food store. I like raw orangic seaweeds. Well, it is expensive ( twice or triple amt), but it worths that. I make my seaweed roll – eat like a burrito. Delicious!

  37. hitomi says:

    Thanks so much for the list of MSG. I have a question — Does nutritional yeast flakes have MSG? I recently bought Engevita (Marigold brand). The company website says it’s totally natural and does not contain ‘added MSG’ but my question is does it ‘produce’ MSG during the processing? I’ve been researching on the net all afternoon and getting more and more confused. Thanx!

  38. Jan says:

    No, I have not tried lucuma.

    For me it is so much easier to keep track of what is ok to eat than what not to eat.

    Thanks for the information.

  39. Huub says:

    The first time I had Lucuma (from http://www.orkos.com, they ship only inside Europe) it was ecstasy!
    It tasted just like the whipped cream with sugar I had in my youth. I couldn’t believe there was a fruit like that.
    It’s hard to get in Holland where I’m from otherwise it would be one of my staple foods.

  40. John says:

    You say lucùma, I say lùcama, you say tomato and I say tomahto, but let’s not call the whole thing off. I’ve not tried lùcuma though. 🙂

  41. Gwen says:

    I have not tried fresh lucuma but hope some day I will have a chance too experience fresh lucuma. I always have a bag of lucuma powder on hand which if I let myself could eat straight out of the bag.

  42. Ed says:

    Lucuma no, as a fast food once in a while , less lately wendys grilled chicken wrap kind of nutritional sinner I still have lines I don’t cross. KFC is the msg king, when other fast food chains backed off they said damn the torpedos.Corperate KFC know that overwhelmed taste buds are at their mercy which is in short supply there. Love the way you two increase my vicarious knowledge.

  43. Cindy says:

    thanks for the list but do you happen to know the numbers that relate to them as most foods just have numbers not the name of the ingredient. thanks

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