I’m sitting here with a major “Ribo Rash” that I assume I must have gotten at one or both restaurants I visited yesterday or the day before. I know I have done a pretty good job of eliminating monosodium glutamate (E621), and I have gotten use to many of the newest names for flavor additives and enhancers that have come out since many have gotten wise to the negative effects of these familiar excito-toxins ( MSG and aspartame, to name two). But I really have no way of knowing what I am eating when I order from a restaurant. Up until now, that hasn’t been such a huge problem.
Apparently, ribonucleotides is the flavor enhancer E635 that can boost the effects of MSG as much as 10 to 15 times! It is a combination of disodium guanylate (E631) and disodium inosinate (E627). It is found in all sorts of processed foods, especially salad dressings, flavored chips and crackers, as well as in seasoning salts used in many chain restaurants. Technically, the food company can get by with a “legal” amount of MSG and not have to identify it on the label because they have added any number of other additives that contain free glutamate in place of it. Often these substitutes can far out number just plain MSG (E621) but ribonucleotides (E635) can cause the effects of just a little MSG to feel like much more!
A full list of these names can be found at MSG Myth by Debby Anglesey, one of the first places I would recommend if you suspect you react negatively to MSG and its derivatives. Truth in Labeling is also another wonderful site to explore the effects and dangers of these food additives.
Somewhere, there is a smoothie recipe in here…
To tell you the truth, I’m not much of a smoothie drinker. I know they can be sooooo good for you and they are extremely popular. There are also a bazillion recipes out there.
This one is simply a grape and blueberry flavored freezy — one with nothing added that might have a flavor enhancer – thank goodness. Although the thought of something being added to the grape juice did cross my mind. It’s not on the label, but even that doesn’t always tell the whole story.
I just needed some cheering up after this latest response to processed foods. It is plenty sweet thanks to the organic Concord grape juice. So you shouldn’t have to add a sweetener. Use it to provide the liquid in the smoothie along with frozen blueberries and mango chunks.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did! What are some of the smoothie flavor combinations you absolutely love? I’d love to hear yours!
- 1½ cup Organic Concord Grape Juice (nothing added)
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks (half of a 16 oz. bag)
- 1¼ cup (10 oz package) frozen organic blueberries
- 1 cup filtered water
- Add liquids to the blender first.
- Add frozen berries & mangos.
- Pulse to incorporate the frozen ingredients.
- Scrape frozen liquid down as needed.
- Blend on smoothie mode if you have one until desired consistency.