Re: “Get a bite of this”, XP, May 30.
The article proposing that chocolate reduces the risk for arrhythmia omitted to enlighten us on the main and well-documented cause of irregular heartbeat. Such information would have helped many avoid arrhythmia and offered a cure for many of those who already have it.
Arrhythmia is very often associated with an overdose of MSG, monosodium glutamate, a neurotoxin. Once arrhythmia sets in, one needs to cut MSG intake to zero for at least a month for the heartbeat to normalise. A serious MSG overdose for those already suffering from MSG-induced arrhythmia can lead to cardiac arrest and death. In these cases the heart cannot be restarted. This happened to two Thai construction workers who ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Singapore. They overdosed on MSG and died.
Note that all commercial bacon contains MSG, as do most hams, sausages, salami, cured meats and many other foodstuffs. In Thailand MSG is not marked in pork products, as was admitted by one manufacturer. In Europe MSG is labelled E621. Eat out in the Far East and you will find MSG in nearly all cooked foods, even on salads! Most restaurants will oblige if you ask them to omit the MSG from a fresh-cooked item. The Thai word for MSG is “pong-churod”. In food products MSG often hides under other names. If one has arrhythmia it’s valuable to search the Net for these other names. Even Worcester Sauce has MSG on its label of ingredients, despite claiming to be the “original formula” of more than century ago.
Why is MSG allowed? MSG is termed GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) by unscrupulous government regulators.
The “Get a bite of this” article ends with the usual meaningless warning that chocolate is full of sugar, fat and calories. Sugar does indeed have 77 harmful effects. (Thai “health authorities” recommend you limit your daily intake to six teaspoons of sugar. This insane guidance may well help promote the massive sugar industry, but it also loads up the public with diabetes, heart disease and obesity). But the warning about fat and calories is baloney and based on fake information that was thrown out 45 years ago.