Sunday, April 8, 2012

MSG in Beef Jerky

While at the local big box grocery store today I decided to head over to the snack aisle for some research. The store had a large display of beef jerky. About 20% of it was the store brand and the rest was one of the well known nationally advertised brands.

I picked up a couple of bags and looked over the ingredients list. I immediately noticed a familar with ingredient listed on every bag - MSG. Otherwise known as monosodium glutamate.

From MayoClinic.com:

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," the use of MSG remains controversial.
Here's a link the rest of the article. It's a personal decision, but if I have the choice of eating food with MSG or food without I choose food without it.

I prefer to eat beef jerky in it's natural state with minimal processing. And this is why I like to eat jerky from my favorite jerky company.

A quick look at the ingredients label on the Natural Beef Jerky - Original Flavor package revealed the following:


  • Beef Raised Without Added Hormones and Without Antibiotics



  • No Preservatives



  • No Added MSG



  • NO Nitrite



  • NO Erythorbate



  • NO Artificial Ingredients



  • Click here to buy some jerky now.

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