Top 9 Foods and Beverages to Avoid When Pregnant

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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)


MSG is made from the sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid. It is a food additive that is most common in Asian cuisine, soups, and frozen meals. The FDA states that the addition of MSG to foods is "generally recognized as safe," but has received reports of many people complaining of headaches, dizziness, and nausea after consumption. Although these side effects aren't made worse by pregnancy, they can be especially unpleasant when you are already dealing with other pregnancy side effects. For that reason, although it is considered safe for pregnant women by the FDA, it is best to avoid foods with MSG if you've had an adverse reaction.

According to FDA guidelines, all foods containing MSG must list it as monosodium glutamate on the label, so just make sure check all package ingredients before consuming.

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