Ban the Obesity Causing Food Additive Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Target: United States Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Ban food products containing the deadly food additive Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

Whether labeled as a flavor enhancer, spice or more perniciously as a catalyst of multiple ailments –including migraines, chest pains, seizures and brain lesions- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) has undoubtedly been the controversial focal point of a decades long health care debate. While some ailments attributed to MSG are of dubious legitimacy, one study successfully links MSG intake to obesity.

Increasing in consumption each year, MSG is now found in most processed foods and nearly all fast foods, prompting researchers to vigorously search for conclusive evidence. In 2008, a research team traveled to remote Chinese villages where they eat little processed food, but consume large amounts of MSG. Controlling for all the conceivable factors, the researchers found that “the one-third of people who used the most MSG were almost three times as likely to be overweight”  than those who consumed none.

Taking heed to the dubious allegations previously stated would be a mere precautionary measure, but removing MSG from the diet of a country where 1/3 of the population is obese seems instinctual. Yet, even as health care expenditure related to obesity in the U.S. skyrockets to $147 billion annually, MSG continues to blanket an obscenely large proportion of our food supply.

Reverse this growing obesity epidemic by signing this petition urgently demanding that the Food and Drug Administration ban products containing Monosodium Glutamate.


Dear United States Food and Drug Administration,

While the highly controversial past of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and the accompanying ambiguous research have led people to believe MSG is harmless, a compelling study successfully links MSG intake to obesity.

In 2008, a research team ventured to remote Chinese villages where the people consume copious amounts of MSG, but nearly no processed food. The researchers found that “the one-third of people who used the most MSG were almost three times as likely to be overweight” than those who consumed none.

Living in a country that showers its food with MSG, it was inevitable that over 1/3 of our population is now obese. As we are rightfully searching for ways to deflate the country’s deficit, there can be no surer answer than reducing the $147 billion annually spent on obesity related medical expenditures by eliminating MSG from our nation’s diet.

Safeguarding the nation’s health from harmful products must be our main priority. Therefore, I ask you to urgently to ban all products containing Monosodium Glutamate, thereby,  drastically reducing the deficit and greatly improving the health of citizens.


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  1. Marshall, how can I avoid it when it isn’t identified on food labels? Do you work for the glutamate industry?

    • Brendan Amland says:

      MSG is generally labeled on products and it can be found under the “Ingredients” section and I do not believe it can be exempt from labeling.

  2. Wow, the above comments reveal a lack of concern for health and reminds me of the people who smoke and say they’ll be the lucky ones who don’t get lung cancer.
    How many kids eat instant ramen after school, end up feeling lazy, and take a huge nap afterwards (nothing wrong with that, they’re just tired right? LOL)

    It’s not that easy to just avoid MSG. That accounts for at least half the items in a normal grocery store. And do you think your child’s school cafeteria is free of MSG? Think again. Even baby food has MSG in it.

  3. Hi,
    Is this petition still open? If not, I was wondering if you fancied joining up to create a new one as it’s something I was considering starting a petition for myself.

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