Saturday, April 24, 2010

How MSG causes obesity

In a 2006 interview, Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, criticized the emphasis on controlling sugar and carbohydrates to combat obesity. He said, Yes, they, along with trans fats, add to the problem. But we should be aware that animals exposed to MSG prefer carbohydrates and sugar over protein rich foods. In comparison, our own appetites are out of control and so is metabolism due to leptin insensitivity and metabolic syndrome, both caused by excitotoxins in processed foods.Think the rat picture is from a study to see if MSG causes obesity? Wrong! That was already well-established by 1969. When researches want obese rats for studies, they commonly use MSG, and they are widely known with the nick-name "monosodium glutamate-induced obese mice".

MSG causes obesity in multiple ways.
  1. It destroys cells in the area of the brain that control weight. Sorry, you know what they say about brain cells- once they're gone, they're gone.
  2. MSG is an endocrine disruptor
  3. MSG (and aspartame and foods with high glycemic index) creates an insulin affect, releasing insulin into the system which a) triggers fat storage and b) results in a hypoglycemic or low sugar state that makes people more hungry.
  4. Children fed MSG while young tend to crave carbs the rest of their life.
What are all of the factors that contribute to the obesity epidemic? Here's a list found in the movie documentary Killer at Large. Obesity is very complex, and we still don't understand obesity. Here that? We need more research money to study obesity! I know its already widely studied, from nuerology departments to economics.
  • genetic factors
  • social factors
  • diet
  • exercise
  • stress
  • portion sizes
  • low physical activity
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • quitting smoking
  • eating disorders
  • calorie dense foods
  • school lunches
  • technology
  • fast food
  • metabolic syndrome
  • hyperthyroidism
  • vending machines
  • unregulated marketing
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • food additives
  • lack of open spaces
  • depression
I'd like to add to the list:
Leptin levels
heavy metal toxicity
vitamin and mineral deficiencies which cause excess hunger
trans fats
rancid fats

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