Poison on your plate

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1. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

2. Lead

• Deadliest of top six toxic global threats

• 1.5-2 million people affected in India alone

(Source: The Blacksmith Institute’s World’s Worst Pollution Problem Report 2010)

Per capita MSG consumption across countries

• UK 0.57 g/day

• Canada 0.57 g/day

• US 0.55 g/day

• Taiwan 3 g/day

• Europe 5 to 12 g/day

Health effects

MSG:

• Stomach cramps

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Diarrhoea

• Migraine

• Heart palpitations

• Rapid heartbeat

• Sharp rise or drop in blood pressure

• Blurred vision

• Loss of balance

• Frequent need to urinate

• Numbing or burning sensation in the mouth

• Swelling of the face

• Pain or tightness in the chest

• Shortness of breath

Lead:

• Decreased intelligence in children

• Behavioural difficulties

• Learning problems

• Damage to brain, liver, kidneys

• Miscarriage • Premature birth

• Chest congestion

• High blood pressure

• Digestive issues

• Nerve disorders

• Muscle and joint pain

• Anaemia

Dr-Anjali-Bhola

 

“A typical serving of a food with added MSG contains less than 0.5 gram of MSG. Consuming more than 3 grams of MSG without food at one time is unlikely.”

Dr. Anjali Bhola, Dietitian, Department of Dietetics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)


 

photo“Lead has a cumulative toxic effect. It has serious consequences for health of children. Lead attacks the brain and nervous system to cause conversion coma, mental retardation and affects behavioural description.”

Dr. Anup Lekhi, President of Delhi Medical Association (DMA)


 

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“High levels of lead exposure for a long time can be severely toxic. resulting in unconsciousness and even death. Although, even low levels of lead for a long time is dangerous since lead accumulates in the body.”

Dr Inder Mann, Detroit Medical Centre, New York (US)

 

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