Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2010-10-21


What is MSG - hyper activity

Hi. Can u pls explain to me, what is MSG + in what food is it food? What can i look for on food labels? My 20 month old toddler is very, very busy. She doesnt like sleeping + has started on the tantrum side. Does MSG make kids hyper active?

Expert's Reply



MSG is monosodium glutamate which is used as a flavour enhancer in many prepared foods. Quite high levels are found in chinese foods. It is quite safe for most people but a very small number of people react to eating foods containing tMSG by getting headache, tummyache or chest pain.It is highly unlikely that your little toddler has eateany food containing MSG although it is present in flavoured chips and many instant soups and noodle flavourigs.Some food stores such as Woolworths have stopped using MSG completely in their prepared foods.Other food additives especialy certain colours in foods such as red, yellow and orange colourants are thought to cause some children to be rather active. It is best to prepare all the food for your little girl yourself and keep her off sweets and chips and any foods that may contain colourants and food additives.

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Posted by: HMom | 2010-10-21

My little girl also 2 becomes very active after taking panado as it has the colouring in it that affects some kids that way. It also lasts quite long. 2 minute noodles contain loads of msg by the way...

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