Change the Nutrition Facts Label on Packages to Include Glutamate
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Although the FDA considers glutamate to be generally safe to eat, for those with a compromised ability to regulate glutamate, free glutamate in the food proves to be a serious health risk with dangerous side effects, much as carbohydrates are considered safe for the general public but dangerous to those with diabetes.
However, a diabetic has simply to look at a package label to understand exactly how much carbohydrate is in a serving. Since there are over 40 different food additives that contain undisclosed amounts of glutamate allowed by the FDA, and as much as 500 million pounds of monosodium glutamate are added to the world food supply each year, it is exceptionally difficult for a person with a glutamate sensitivity to know what and how much is safe to eat of any given food.
In light of new medical knowledge, current food labelling needs to be immediately updated to provide a number in milligrams explaining exactly how much processed free glutamate is in a serving so that individuals can make educated choices about what is safe to eat.
People with sensitivities to glutamate include those with fibromyalgia, RSD/CRPS, Restless Leg Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and more, affecting millions of people.
A simple change to the label would empower consumers to avoid this substance while allowing food companies the freedom to include MSG in their recipes. This is a win for everyone, and if allowed a time frame of five years to change the label, any additional cost for testing and new labels can be spread out and thus made affordable.
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