By Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
Each year in memory of my mother, Fannie Estelle Hill Grant, and to honor the anniversary of my radio talk show The Lyndia Grant Show, I sponsor a health fair. The next show will air on Radio One’s WYCB AM, Spirit 1340, Saturday, June 13, 2015. This year’s health fair will be held at The Mill, 1500 Union Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. I’m so pleased to have invited the honorable Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the president of the Baltimore City Council, Bernard “Jack” Young. District 7 is where The Mill is situated, and The Honorable Nick Mosby & Helen Holton will welcome attendees to his District.
This health fair has been in the planning phase for more than six months, long before the riots! Followers of my column know health fairs are held in memory of mother who died from complications of Type 2 Diabetes at my anniversary, every year; which ties into the reason for this column.
Recently, I wrote a column titled Balancing Your Life — Mentally, Physically and Spiritually. I spoke of how sickness is all over the land, partially because of MSG foods, and I shared a true story about MSG, and how it causes weight gain and its direct connection to Type 2 Diabetes. A reader called me, which prompted this follow-up column. The caller said “You did not tell us what MSG means.” I took for granted most readers were familiar with MSG, obviously not. This follow-up is for those of you who may not be familiar with this acronym.
What is monosodium glutamate (MSG)? It is a sodium salt food additive used to provide flavor to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats.
An article published by the Mayo Clinic shares information from The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which classified MSG as a food ingredient that’s “generally recognized as safe,” but its use remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label.
A study by National Institute of Health (NIH) showed that mice injected with monosodium glutamate (MSG) led to the development of significant inflammation, central obesity, and type 2 diabetes. By 6 and 12 months of age, “These results take on considerable significance in light of the widespread usage of dietary MSG and we suggest that MSG should have its safety profile re-examined and be potentially withdrawn from the food chain,” the report said.
I’m sure you’re asking: What foods contain MSG? Let us examine the answer. Many websites share comprehensive lists of MSG foods. Www.msgtruths.org has a small sampling for those of you who would like to avoid MSG foods. They suggest you not eat: Doritos; KFC, chicken and sausage products, ranch dressing, parmesan items, gravy, dipping sauces, and fries with any kind of seasoning on them except plain salt. Flavored salty snack chips, like Cheetos and items with cheese powder added. Avoid parmesan encrusted soups, Caesar salad, fish sauce or extract, soy sauce, boars head, cold cuts and beef jerky (usually made with soy sauce) and anything that comes out of a can; the list is extremely long, folks.
Look around and pay close attention to body sizes today. Then look in your yearbooks from the 1950’s, 1960’s and even 1970’s; young people were much smaller.
Organic foods are best, more expensive, but you only have one life. I’m worth it; are you? Far too many African Americans are unaware. This appears to be another form of enslavement; it is a way to kill us off quickly! More next week.
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist. Visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com and call 202-263-4621. Listen Fridays at 6 p.m. to her talk show on WYCB (1340 AM), a Radio One station.