Thursday, April 29, 2010

Interstitial Cystitis: Is MSG Hiding in Your Food?

MSG Molecules
Most IC patients know that they should avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their food products, but did you know that MSG can be "hidden" in an ingredient list or that there were other, similar ingredients that manufacturers can use that may be just as bad for a painful bladder? Have you ever heard of "disodium glutamate??" How about "potassium glutamate?" In order to fully avoid the affects of consuming MSG, you need to really read your labels. 

Here are some things to look for:
  • MSG
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Disodium glutamate
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
  • Textured Protein
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP)
  • Yeast Extract
  • Glutamate
  • Autolyzed Plant Protein
  • Yeast food or nutrient (not just plain yeast)
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Autolyzed Yeast
  • Vegetable Protein Extract
Do you read labels when you shop? It may take some time at first, but don't worry! Eventually you will re-learn what foods you can stock in your pantry and refrigerator that are Bladder-Friendly!

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For step by step guidance for creating your own personal interstitial cystitis meal plan, see: Confident Choices®: Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet.

For some basic, family-style, IC bladder-friendly recipes, see: Confident Choices®: A Cookbook for Interstitial Cystitis and Overactive Bladder

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  1. Julie I had not idea all of these other ingredients were to be avoided for ICer's
    I can't thank u enough. knowledge is certainly power!

  2. This is a great list! I am slowly becoming more and more disciplined when shopping.

  3. What can IC patients eat? They is some harmful ingredient in most food.

  4. In trying to learn about chronic tendonitis, I came across some studies that show there is too much glutamate in them. So having IC, I looked up high glutamate food. It is in a lot of stuff, even gelatin. Has anyone gone on a low glutamate diet for IC?