Should I worry about food additives? What about MSG?
There’s no evidence that any additives used in today’s processed foods are harmful to a developing baby. Government regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), enforce regulations that apply to the ingredients used in food.
Some people develop adverse reactions to certain additives whether they’re pregnant or not. These include sulfites, which produce symptoms in sulfite-sensitive people and are found in some dried fruits and wines.
Another common additive is monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor-enhancing compound that may trigger headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or sleep disturbances in some sensitive people.
However, there’s no evidence that either of these additives interferes with pregnancy.
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