Monosodium glutamate, otherwise known as MSG, is a common ingredient in our food, and this is especially true for fast food.
Technically speaking, MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, and it's a widely used flavor-enhancer. Many people associate it with Chinese food, but in reality, it's used just about everywhere.
What many don't know is that MSG is the most common form of amino acid and it naturally occurs in our bodies. But the MSG we find in our foods is processed, and as such, it can cause a number of adverse health reactions like asthma, hives, skin rashes, vomiting, heart irregularities and even seizures. Dr. Russell Blaylock calls MSG an "excitotoxin" that kills brain cells and damages neurology.
So which fast food restaurants use the most MSG? In this investigation we examine the worst MSG offenders in the fast-food industry.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
How do you KFC? Hopefully you don't, especially if you want to avoid MSG. KFC is the worst MSG offender in the industry.
The fast-food giant adds the chemical flavor enhancer to practically everything the restaurant serves containing chicken. And if you look closely at the ingredients labels, you'll find that MSG is listed in most offerings, meaning that it is one of the restaurant's primary ingredients.
"The first two or three ingredients are the ones that matter most. Ingredients at the bottom of the list may appear in only very tiny amounts," explained Christine A. Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at Georgia State University.
In fact, some of the KFC offerings with the highest MSG content include Chicken Pot Pie, Colonel's Sauce, Extra Crispy Tenders, Extra Crispy Boneless Chicken -- Dark and White Meat, and, of course, the trademark Original and Extra Crispy Chicken.