Glutamate is a neurotransmitter essential for our health and plays a crucial role in activating our nervous system and immune response. It is found naturally in protein and fermented foods.
However, when foods are ultra-processed, they can create glutamate in excess amounts, which, when overly consumed through the standard American diet, can cause symptoms associated with anxiety, ADHD, and Autism and increase chronic inflammation in our body.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Katherine Reid to discuss glutamate, its link to monosodium glutamate, and the alarming amount created in our food supply through processed proteins. Dr. Reid shares the top sources of glutamate and her and her daughter’s personal experience with a low-glutamate diet. She also discusses which group of individuals need to be most concerned about the amount of glutamate in their diet, why some individuals are more susceptible to the harmful effects of excessive glutamate, and the REID Diet protocol.
Dr. Katherine Reid earned her PhD in biochemistry with a specific focus on protein chemistry. She had a 20-year career in biotechnology, focused on the development of protein pharmaceuticals and cancer diagnostics. She switched her focus soon after her daughter was diagnosed with autism, and she discovered that reducing MSG in the diet managed many of her daughter’s symptoms.
Dr. Reid is the founder of Unblind My Mind, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health through informed food choices and now works closely with the public, including the medical community, to devise food solutions for people suffering from a wide variety of chronic inflammatory conditions. She is also the author of the newly released book Fat, Stressed, and Sick: MSG, Processed Food, and America’s Health Crisis, which makes the case that the levels of MSG in the food supply are causing our nation’s health crisis and proposes a dietary solution.
Also mentioned in this episode:
- Dr. Reid’s new book Fat, Stressed, and Sick: MSG, Processed Foods, and America’s Health Crisis
- Unblind My Mind – Dr. Reid’s Nonprofit
- The REID Diet
- Glutamates and Autism with Katie Reid, PhD
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