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Merrick foods contain toxic Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
on February 8, 2013
Merrick dog food is yet another dog food that hides MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) under the words `natural' on the ingredients label. "Natural Chicken Flavor" contains MSG, but neither Merrick--nor any other human or dog food company--has to admit it has MSG because: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only requires companies to admit MSG is there is 99% or more MSG in the additive. So, 98% MSG can be hidden under "natural flavors". And remember: arsenic and human feces are `natural' so the word `natural' on any label should be a clue the manufacturer is hiding something. (A human food example is the word `broth' on tuna fish cans: broth contains MSG).
Everyone has heard about headaches as a result of ingesting MSG, but it turns out MSG is far more dangerous than just the occasional headache. Glutamate has a central role in obesity, heart disease, cancer, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, infertility, diabetes, depression and other mood & learning disorders--all of which have reached epidemic proportions. To see an interview with Dr Russell Blaylock, MD (neurosurgeon, retired) about the devastating effects of MSG, go to youtube and type 'excitoxoins Blaylock' in search window).
Disguised names for MSG include: Flavors, natural flavors, seasonings, broth, amino acids, glutamic acid, yeast extract, gelatin, Anything `hydrolyzed', hydrolyzed protein, `anything' protein (ex. tomato/pea/etc protein), Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate, yeast food, yeast nutrient , autolyzed yeast, spices, gelatin, barley malt, maltodextrin, textured protein, soy sauce, soy protein, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, whey protein, whey protein concentrate/isolate, stock, chicken flavoring, bouillon, broth, carageenan, tapioca starch extract, condensed milk, powdered milk, enzymes.
Do you really want your dog eating something Merrick hides to trick your dog into eating more than they otherwise would (which is what MSG does), making your dog obese and sick? Write or call Merrick and tell them you are on to their tricks. And find another dog food brand to buy that doesn't have any of the trick words above. Vote with your pocketbook. And protect yourself and your pets from this toxic stuff.