The Effect of MSG in Fast Food, Kentucky Fried Chicken

The story of how Colonel Sanders built his Kentucky Fried Chicken empire is one of both triumph and tragedy.

The Effect of MSG

The triumph comes Sanders who wwith only a $105 social security check in his pocket, got in his car to sell his secret recipe and method of making fried chicken to restaurants all across the country.

He told the restauranteurs, "Don’t pay me anything now. Just send me 5 cents on each chicken you sell." Despite the fact that Sander’s franchises consisted of nothing but a handshake and the honor system, after 12 years, Saunders had turned that $105 into a cool $2 million.


The Effect of MSG In 1976 a survey marked Sanders as the #2 most recognizable celebrity in the world.

The story of Colonel Sanders is an inspirational one. If a man with no formal education, who spent the beginning of his life working odd jobs for a pittance, can accomplish such incredible dreams, there really is nothing you can’t accomplish with determination and courage. The key to financial success is to see what people need and fill that need.

The tragedy of the story is one of the 10 secret ingredients in Sanders’ chicken coating is MSG.

The Effect of MSG

MSG is a flavor enhancer that works by stimulating the taste receptors in your brain to trick you into thinking that the food tastes twice as good as it really does and it makes the food addictive. This is part of what made KFC so "finger licking good".

The effect of MSG is that your brain cells can get overstimulated which can cause brain cell damage and cell death. MSG is a neurotoxin. Avoid it like the plague unless you look forward to headaches, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and brain tumors.

MSG Foods To Avoid (Note: most canned soups, frozen dinners, Asian restaurants, and packaged foods contain MSG)

* Food Additives that
ALWAYS contain MSG

Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract
Textured Protein (Including TVP)
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Corn Oil

* Food Additives That

Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Natural Flavors/Flavoring
Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring

* Food Additives That MAY
Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins *

Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate


The other problem with KFC is that the food is fried. Fried food is toxic.

The ubiquitous nature of the fried food makes it seem innocuous. I have dined with many health practitioners and health conscious people and watched them absent mindedly eat the tortilla chips that were placed on our table at the Mexican restaurants or eat the French fries that were put on their plate to go with their sandwich.

It’s hard to think of the acrylamide (French fry carcinogen) and free radical damage when you have a plate of piping hot delicious French fries in front of you.

Fried food causes the fats in the food to become trans fats which means that the high temperatures cause mutations in the molecular configuration that your body does not know what to do with. Trans fats are one of the highest causes of cancer and heart disease. In the past 48 hours I received two e-mails from friends telling me they had cancer. Sanders himself died of leukemia.

Cancer is Truly an Epidemic

Just by avoiding fried foods, you can dramatically decrease your cancer risk. Instead of relying on fast food when you travel, I suggest packing a cooler full of healthy wheat-free sandwiches, salads, finger foods, veggies, nuts, and fruit. Restaurants are in the business of making a profit which means keeping their food costs as low as possible which means low-quality food. I hope this message helps you dramatically decrease the MSG and fried food in your diet if you do eat those foods.

Fried Foods To Avoid

Anything that says "fried", potato chips, taco shells, tortilla chips, doughnuts, Indian fry bread, French fries, tempura, batter dipped or breaded anything, chimichangas, etc.

PS: If you want to repair the damage that has been caused by eating fried foods and MSG, I suggest products high in antioxidants like a high potency multivitamin and krill oil and a green powder drink.

About the Author:
Dr. Kendra Pearsall, N.M.D. is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in natural weight loss and food addiction. She created to help millions of people achieve optimal health, natural weight loss and life success with her free weekly e-newsletter (sign up at the top of this page.)