Monday, November 15, 2010

MSG Free Goodies for those of us who can't eat it!

I will try and continue to add to this list as I think of foods that are good and free of MSG.

Let's start with the chip category since this is one of my weaknesses. Most "flavored" chips are a no no because of the MSG in them but some brands were nice enough to create a yummy chip without MSG.

Of course we can eat plain chips, Frito's, bugles, cheese its, and crackers; just not the flavored ones.

Some that you may not have known about would be:

Jalapeno Doritos
Some of the baked chips
Cape Cod Kettle Cooked chips - ALL FLAVORS! I love the mesquite BBQ!

Now for some random items:

Generic soups sometimes do not have MSG. For example, if you are trying to make meatloaf because of the dry soup pack...look at the generic. It normally does not have MSG.

Can't eat sausage? Make it with turkey burger and your own spices: 3/4tspn pepper, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp sage, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well with 1 lb of turkey burger and make into patties. Fry

Ramon noodle soup without the spice pack: Add cayenne, seasoned salt, garlic and or MSG free bullion cubes.

Spice up the ramon noodles even more and add turkey sausage, pickles cut up small, a pack of tuna, Velveeta cheese and a spoonful of mayonnaise. MSG free and full of flavor!

Most processed foods can be made from scratch without the MSG. It just involves some work. If you want quick meals that are processed get chicken strips (unseasoned), corn dogs, lean pockets...well, you get the idea. Stay away from added spices.

Frozen ravioli with spaghetti sauce instead of canned.


  1. anything with a yellow or orange cheese looking coating has msg, and all of those pocket meals have it to. to long to list but there are many words that companys use instead of MSG. They are getting smart and the word is out how bad MSG is. for the most part, if it was made in a warehouse it has MSG in it.

  2. You are absolutely right! I do forget that some people cannot even tolerate the smallest amount of MSG. If something only has a tiny amount of MSG, they do not have to list it. It will be under "spices". For myself, as long as MSG is not listed, I am usually okay. It takes more than a small amount before it triggers a headache for me. As far as the yellow and orange coating, I listed the Cape Cod Chips and they do not have MSG, so you can enjoy BBQ chips after all:-)