We hear there is an epidemic of obesity, especially in the United States where, according to this page on the Centers for Disease Control's website, a 1999–2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that "an estimated 65 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese."
While most of the blame for obesity must by necessity be given to individual food consumption patterns, there are some substances such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), which directly influence the trend towards obesity by an addictive reaction to foods that contain it.
The U.S. health authorities have long maintained that monosodium glutamate, which like aspartame is called an excitotoxin by some, is perfectly safe and a legitimate constituent of our food supply. Yet when medical researchers need obese mice to test drugs, they are made so by giving them - you guessed it - monosodium glutamate!
As the obesity epidemic spreads, the FDA targets natural slimming aids for elimination. Ephedra, a herb used in some slimming products, was taken off the market by the FDA and other substances are being investigated. Yet MSG continues to be added to most packaged foods.
Are the American people being pushed in the direction of obesity by an irrational food control policy? John Erb certainly thinks so. His book "The Slow Poisoning of America" discusses the MSG-obesity connection.
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