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.

    1. Hi Anonymous, I was devastated when I was diagnosed with IC, in March, 2014, after finding out how crazy the IC diet is! It was freezing cold here; but, I couldn't touch any can of Campbell's Soup, due to them ALL having MSG! I wanted to literally "throw a few cans" of that soup across the grocery store! BUT, those of us who have been diagnosed with IC Do have choices! See
      for helpful information. I started by (& still do eat) eating a Lot of: soda crackers, Nitrate & Nitrite Free Meat (which cost nearly double the price of "normal" meat), [BUT, thankfully several meat companies have started selling Nitrates/Nitrite Free Deli Meats!],[Many local Farmer's Markets have vendors who do so, as well!], Old Fashioned Oatmeal with brown sugar, eggs, peanut butter, potatoes, home popped popcorn, celery,canned/fresh/frozen carrots, broccoli, pears, blueberries, cucumbers, honey roasted peanuts, home-made breads (with my bread machine), & drank water, milk, & Caffeine-Free Peppermint, Chamomile Teas. And, I figured out that placing Soft Peppermint Candy Puffs into water tastes quite good, too!

    2. I also purchased Confident Choices: A Cookbook for IC and OAB (Confident Choices for Interstitial Cystitis) Spiral-bound – 2008; by Julie Beyer, MA/RD for more information and recipes that are IC Friendly! I would recommend this book to anyone who has been diagnosed with IC!

  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?