What’s In The Bottle
Most commercial salad dressings contain some type of oil, often soybean, although other oils such as olive, peanut, or sunflower may be used. Salad dressing also can contain vinegars, eggs, salt, honey, lemon, lime, and many other ingredients. Except for the soybean oil, which is controversial, these ingredients don’t sound so bad.
But, what about the extras added to these products? One of the first to be added to dressings, and most processed food, was MSG. MSG has been on the battlefield of food additives for a long time. It is considered to cause a long list of reactions from headaches to weight gain and it is classified as an excitotoxin in the same category as aspartame. A recent trend in marketing is that MSG is not listed on the contents, but combined ingredients are. This means that MSG is still present, but the name is changed to Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein and others.
Debby Anglesey has written a book about MSG, http://www.msgmyth.com/. She is adamant that MSG causes a host of physical problems.
Another Webpage http://www.rense.com/general52/msg.htm discusses a book written by John Erb, research assistant at the University of Waterloo. This is an eye-opening read. He contends, through his research, that MSG is used as an additive product that makes people crave more food. Also, he explains that MSG is used in the scientific world when labs need to make rats fat. They just add MSG to their diet.