Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Swanson Broth...A Thanksgiving Mainstay!

(originally posted on my other blog 11-28-07)

Thanksgiving means different things to different people. This Thanksgiving meant something new to me. It meant v.o.m.i.t.

My husband has some food intolerances. I think I have it figured out. It seems to be to sulfites and glutamate. Sulfites are a poisonous preservative, glutamate, a naturally occurring substance that man has copied and corrupted into MSG and it's cronies.

My mil (unbeknownst to us) had used Swanson canned chicken broth in the stuffing and the gravy. The ingredients? Water, MSG, MSG, MSG.

Only a couple of minutes after dinner, my husband knew something was wrong. He is familiar with his symptoms and knew how the night would go. My little guy, BabyJ, hasn't struggled with MSG consumption. We don't eat much of it. I cook from scratch with real ingredients, not from boxes!

But he was affected...and how. After telling us he wasn't feeling well, he snuggled down into my arms wrapped in a blanket. We went outside a while later, to sit by the firepit. I'm glad we were outside! I was just going in when his tummy finally rejected the poison. All over the sliding glass door. And me. And him. And again and again.

After our showers, again.

And again.

It was very sad. I hate to see him sick! I didn't find out until the next day that Swanson MSG Broth was used in the dinner. I have to think that he must be sensitive, like my husband. He was totally better the next day, which is also a clue that it was the broth. I will be more vigilant in the future, especially when I'm not cooking!

For much more information on MSG, visit Make sure to visit the "Hidden Names For MSG" page. It surprised me to read some familiar terms.


  1. Swanson no longer has MSG

  2. Sadly, it still does. They have made versions that they tout as "No MSG", but there's a little star next to that claim, if you look closely. When you check the label, it still has yeast extract and/or autolyzed yeast extract. Both of these are other names of MSG. Here's a great page to find all the misleading names it hides under:

    Another great tool for checking labels before you buy is . You still need to know the hidden names of MSG, though. Don't just depend in the color coding alone.

    Let me know what you think of these sites!


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