The other night a terrible headache woke me from sleep. That never happens! It almost felt like the headaches I get whenever I inadvertently eat something with MSG in it. I had to take an Excedrine, which is the "big guns" for me since I try to use natural remedies whenever possible. But this was a bad one. I wound up lying awake for most of the rest of the night with an Exedrine-induced caffeine high trying to figure out what I might have eaten that caused it.
A few days later, I'm curious and check the label on a box of Breyer's Peach Ice Cream I'd bought for the kids. Yeah–the one that has "All Natural!" plastered all over the container. "Natural flavor" is listed in the ingredients list… I don't remember seeing that before but I rarely buy ice cream so I'm not sure. I do some internet research and find out that after Unilever purchased the company a few years back this mysterious "natural flavor" started appearing in the ingredient list on some of the flavors that previously had very limited ingredients lists (typically the fruit flavors). And, I do know that MSG can legally be listed as "natural flavor."
Hmmm…..coincidence that I got such a bad headache after I'd eaten some of that "natural flavor"-infused ice cream? I dunno… but I sent an email to Breyer's asking them outright if there is MSG in any of their "natural" ice cream. I anxious away a response (though I'm not holding my breath.)