Somehow, when I read the headline, Surprising Ingredient Causing Weight Gain I knew it would be MSG. I was right. It seems like there’s been a war on MSG for ages. Most people think of it as a scary chemical food additive but it’s actually a naturally occurring substance. As the article says, even “slow-cooking tends to cause small amounts of glutamic acid to be released from the protein sources (e.g., meat, chicken) in the recipe.” See? Natural. (However, it is often added to processed foods.)
It is true that MSG can trigger migraines in some people and it’s possible that they might be right about it causing weight gain but that seems just too perfect to me. The big crisis that the health nazis are currently all worked up about is obesity. That’s what we hear constantly – obesity, obesity obesity and how bad everything is – so it seems to me that someone must have been wanting to discover that MSG makes us fat.
I’m not saying that I love MSG. If it disappeared I probably wouldn’t notice. Or maybe I would. Since it’s a flavor enhancer maybe I’d notice that things suddenly didn’t taste as good as they used to but I can’t imagine a huge change. It’s just that I’m getting quite annoyed at the constant obsession with fat and health in general. It seems to me that we would all be healthier and happier if we just followed the simple rule, “All things in moderation,” and aside from that stopped obsessing over our health and found more interesting hobbies.