3.Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
MSG is a form of concentrated salt added to foods to enhance flavor. It tricks the taste buds and the brain into thinking food tastes delicious, but as an excitotoxin, it triggers the brain to produce excess quantities of the feel-good drug, dopamine. Unfortunately, the good feelings don’t last, but the side effects do. Excitotoxins have been linked to brain damage and other neurological diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, lupus, and more.
Be on the look out for MSG in any processed products, including “healthy” snacks, salad dressing, barbecue sauce, bouillon cubes, and canned soups and vegetables.