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Nutritional Yeast = MSG

post #1 of 8
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What??

I just read that nutritional yeast is basically MSG. I simply don't understand.

Anyone have actual studies or research on this, that isn't paid for by the dairy or meat industry wink1.gif

Ease exhaust any typos, set from my itouch.
post #2 of 8
The only place Ive ever read that is Natural News, which I dont consider a legitimate source. Where did you learn about this?
post #3 of 8

yes, it has lots of free glutamates. that's why instead of listing "MSG", products will often list "yeast extract" or other "extracts." if you're concerned about excitotoxins and that whole theory, i would think that would also apply to nooch, although you may not react to it the same way as straight up MSG powder. 

post #4 of 8

I read a great article one night about this, but I kept falling asleep. It said it depends on what the yeast is grown on. I figured I'd google the article again, but when I tried, I couldn't find it. I'd love this info as well. (I'm wanting to make nut cheeses and they all call for nutritional yeast.)

post #5 of 8

Oh no! I hope this isn't true.  I love nutritional yeast.  And my daugher likes it too, altough we don't use it very often, It'd be nice to still be able to use it... :(

post #6 of 8

I worried about this for a while, and looked into it quite a bit. After hemming and hawing, here's what I decided: people who react to MSG, they *react* to it. If you have no reaction from nooch, it's probably nothing to worry about.

 

I eat less nooch than I used to, but I (and my son) still eat nooch.  =)

post #7 of 8

Thank you Sayward! I have been wanting to research this but haven't had the time. My husband would probably cry if I stopped using nooch!!

post #8 of 8

Yeah, it's basically the same, chemically, and neither of them are bad for you. Studies have shown that true reactivity to MSG is extremely, extremely rare-- almost nonexistent. 

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