This article was reviewed by FHMatch for wikiHow, to read the full article visit: http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-MSG Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer often used in Asian foods and commercial food products. Studies have shown that MSG may leave to short and long term health problems, such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, pancreatic disorders, ADHD, and even obesity. MSG doesn't affect some people, but others have severe sensitivity to it. To avoid MSG, be proactive in restaurants and learn to read product labels carefully. Method 1 of 3: Avoiding MSG In Your Daily Life 1. Avoid non-food products that may contain MSG. Some cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, and hair conditioners may contain MSG if the ingredients contain the words "hydrolyzed," "protein," or "amino acids." - Some medications, vitamins and dietary supplements have MSG in the binders and fillers. Check with a pharmacist if you're unsure. 2. Eat a fresh, natural diet. MSG is in almost every processed food. This means when you buy prepackaged food, you more than likely will end up with some MSG in your food. Buy fresh vegetables and fruits, use only basic seasonings, such as salt and pepper. - Instead of flavoring salts and prepackaged seasonings, try fresh spices and herbs to flavor your food. 3. Cook for yourself. MSG is in almost every prepackaged food product, frozen meal, and restaurant meal. Start cooking from scratch so that you can control what goes into your body. - Buy fresh, natural ingredients instead of canned or processed. 4. Avoid common food products that may contain small amounts of MSG if you are highly sensitive to MSG. These foods include low-fat or fat-free foods, enriched foods, vitamin-enriched foods, corn starch, modified food starch, corn syrup, lipolyzed butter fat, dextrose, brown rice syrup, rice syrup, milk powder, or 1 percent or 2 percent milk. Method 2 of 3: Avoiding MSG at the Grocery Store 1. Read the labels. Don't trust "no MSG" on the front of the box. MSG is labeled many different ways on a label. Learn other ways food manufacturers label MSG. While a product may have no MSG, this doesn't mean it is MSG-free. There are other ways MSG is in your food. Look for any of the following ingredients: - Processed free glutamic acid, monosodium glutamate - Calcium glutamate, monopotassium glutamate, magnesium glutamate, mono-ammonium glutamate, natrium glutamate - Glutamic acid - Sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate - Yeast extract, autolyzed yeast - Whey protein concentrate - Textured protein, vegetable protein extract - Hydrolyzed products, including hydrolyzed protein or vegetable both. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires sources of hydrolyzed protein to be listed on ingredient labels. If a product contains unprocessed tomato or wheat, for example, they can be listed as "tomatoes" or "wheat." If the ingredients say "tomato protein" or "hydrolyzed wheat protein," the product contains MSG.