The growing problem of obesity seems to be no stopping any time soon and the food companies and the health supplement industry is capitalizing the situation. And since there have been a growing sense of reducing weight and the influx of weight loss programs, the food companies probably figured out that millions (if not billions) are looking to buy healthy foods. And a lot are consciously switching their dietary habit to healthy living considering that the WHO has declared it as a pandemic issue.
And since there have been a growing awareness by consumers on food labels written on the packaging, the food companies are also doing their own research on trying to hide the unhealthy contents of foods. It’s actually tricky though on how to know which the real healthy food is and which one isn’t healthy eventually. Aside from the fine line written at the back of most of the packages (sometimes the warning labels), they figured it out also on how to hide the unhealthy ingredients by using nicer sounding names.
One good example for this is the Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which consumers don’t want to have in their food. We all know what MSG will do and its effects in our body. And one article that I read just did the same thing by substituting with appealing and nicer sounding name, hydrolyzed protein yet the effect is just the same with MSG. They are using and label the packing with other glutamates and not use MSG.
I did a quick browse on Wiki about hydrolyzed protein and what I got is not appealing to hear. Then I click the link in their references that redirects me to the website of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and it says that MSG and hydrolyzed protein are related. What’s worse is what was said about labeling the product packaging and below is what I got from USDA.
“Hydrolyzed proteins, used by the food industry to enhance flavor, are simply proteins that have been chemically broken apart into amino acids. The chemical breakdown of proteins may result in the formation of free glutamate that joins with free sodium to form MSG. In this case, the presence of MSG does not need to be disclosed on labeling. Labeling is required when MSG is added as a direct ingredient.”
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