MSG

Here I come, Elizabeth!
Fred Sanford
As I got older and fatter, occasionally I would take an after-dinner nap. Suddenly, I would awaken with a start, heart pounding away, convinced this was it. The episodes passed quickly, and, of course, I never mentioned them to my doctor.

About six months ago, I started eating better, exercising and losing weight. One night I was dozing on the couch after dinner, and--there it was again. "I haven't had one of those for a while," I thought, "the weight loss must be improving my health." Then it struck me. I had been eating healthy, whole foods for quite a while, and that night I had prepared a crap-in-a-box convenience meal. "Hmm, I wonder if it's the MSG." I did some reading online and, sure enough, dizziness and heart palpitations are frequent reactions to MSG. I also found out about "hidden MSG".

So I went to the pantry and started reading labels. I suppose I already knew it, but I consume a lot of junk, and a lot of it contains MSG, along with an assortment of other chemical goodies. What the heck, let's get rid of trans fats and High Fructose Corn Syrup, too. Needless to say, a lot of stuff got pitched. Good riddance!

I haven't taken the leap to organic food, but just eliminating MSG and HFCS takes a lot of the worst junk out of my diet. I am almost forced to eat healthier, so it is a win-win.

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