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Easy Mac. Progresso Soup. Doritos. Ramen Noodles. These products are godsends for those living on an American college student’s budget. However, the adverse effects they have on our health go beyond the gaining of the dreaded “freshman 15.” All of these foods contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is an excitotoxin.

Ian Hannon is currently a freshman Psychology major from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He plays soccer and the guitar in his free time. "MSG is Everywhere" was the final essay he wrote for GWrit 103, and he hopes its publication will enlighten people enough to pay more attention to what is really in the food they eat.



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