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Whey, in particular, is one that is found in the most surprising of products. Whey is a naturally addictive substance, as it contains glutamate – the main ingredient in Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). The most common reactions to MSG are; triggered insulin and adrenalin response, promotion of fat storage, and food cravings. Those responses are what cause you to feel hungry again not long after eating at a fast food restaurant or a Chinese buffet. It’s also why some of us crave potato chips and other MSG containing foods, even though we're not hungry. Knowing this, food production companies add whey to their products in order to addict the consumer. Addicted consumers become repeat customers, which leads to higher sales volumes, lower production costs, and therefore higher profit margins for the company. Some products containing whey that may surprise you are; peanuts, no-butter popcorn, flavored potato chips, chewing gum, cereal, granola bars, bread, crackers, ‘non-Dairy’ products such as cheeses, and vegetarian ‘meats.’ Many fast food restaurants even add whey to their French fries, onion rings, and other products. Whey is also added to most non-fat and low fat foods.
To avoid dairy and its by-products, be diligent in reading the ingredients list of all packaged foods, do your research on restaurants, and prepare most of your own food at home. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but with practice you will no longer need to read most food labels to know what does, and doesn’t, contain dairy products.