Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MSG Makes Me Feel Funny

We have heard all the chatter on MSG for the past few years and when we were helping the Naturopath, there were a lot of patients that had problems with them. We heard everything from headaches to sickness to allergic reactions. There are articles all over the net that talk about Multiple Sclerosis and MSG. Tonight my wife and I ate at a local restaurant that serves a homemade teriyaki sauce. My wife and I have both eaten this sauce many times and haven't noticed any issues before tonight. While my wife was eating her food tonight, she began to feel "funny". She couldn't explain how it felt but she knew that it just didn't feel right. After sitting and not eating for a few minutes the feeling passed and she wasn't sure if it was the food or something else. As soon as she ate another bite she began to get that "funny" feeling again.

We asked if they knew whether the sauce had MSG in it, but they were not sure. I know that my wife has had some issues before with some foods that contain MSG but not with all foods that contain MSG. Even foods like Hot Cheetos makes her mouth itch and the top of her mouth physically hurt, not from the hot but from something in the flavoring. There are certain foods she stays away from for these weird reactions. Lately my wife has been going through another one of the times where almost every meal she becomes sick. Tonight was no different, and her stomach became upset about 45 minutes after we ate. I am not sure what the connection between MS and MSG is but I know that it is better for us to stay away from it. We are usually very aware of MSG in the foods we eat and have thrown out all spices etc. that contain it in our home. Tonight was just another friendly reminder that we need to be careful about what we eat and how it affects our bodies.


Webster said...

Many people have issues with MSG, and not all of them have MS. My guess is that this has more to do with an allergy, and less to do with multiple sclerosis. I hope she feels better soon!

I, too, have been having issues with body temperature. I swear I couldn't get warm last Winter! But, now that it's Summer, I dread going into places that have air conditioning. I should take a sweater with me everywhere!

Cory said...

Hey Webster, thanks for the comment. Yay, I agree that MSG affects a lot more people than just those with MS. Some simple searches on google shows that MSG really messes with individuals. It is just another thing to add to the list of things that my wife has to watch for. Thanks for the concern and today she woke up feeling great. That is one of those things with MS, one day is bad and another is great, and we never seem to know when any of it will happen. Have a great day, and stay warm!