Every time I drive into the little town I live in there's a sign that states how there is fluoride added to the water. But are good ol gooberment and the food and drug administration says it's good for you.
__________________ Take what you can, give nothing back: Capt Jack Sparrow
I have a buddy who gets raging headaches if he eats food with MSG in it. He has to be very careful in Chinese restaurants - they are noted for using it.
Basically, it's a 'flavor enhancer' with the habit of drying the brain, causing pain. Not a good thing to be ingesting.
I try to avoid it, but the manfacturers are using other 'psuedonyms' for it, so we don't notice it in the required list of ingredients. Even something as innocuous sounding as "other natural ingredients' can be an indication it is used.
As with other unhealthy ingrediants like soy and canola oil, it's hard to avoid.
Our family has a strong suspicion the diet coke one of our cousins drank for years caused her brain cancer. Other than the diet coke she was a health nut who didn't smoke, drink, and worked out. She was only in her early 40's when skin cancer manifested, and during the tests the brain cancer was identified as well. From the bits and pieces I have put together (I didn't want to pry) her brain had all the signs of Aspartame.
I knew about this crap over 10 years ago and everyone said I was being paranoid when I mentioned to all the diet soda drinkers they may want to google the ingredients. There is a reason it's not labeled as "Nutra-sweet" anymore, too many independent investigations were being done on the ill effects and it started being listed as Aspartame. Ironically diet soda drinkers tend to be even fatter than regular soda drinkers. Diet soda was never meant to be part of a weight loss diet. It was developed for diabetics.
It's not much healthier for me to be swigging the regular soda packed with HFCS, but at least all that does is require me to work out a bit harder, and more often to lose, or maintain weight. Not that I have been doing so well at the lately... but I digress.