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i'm curious as to why food with msg is not good for people?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Allergy: This is a flavor enhancer that makes a fair number of people sick ("chinese restaurant syndrome"). The best food suppliers don't need to use the stuff. It's actually the alkaline salt of one of the normal Amino Acids that make up a good chunk of your body, and is harmless to most people.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is msg found in food?

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Dr. SG Erman
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Family Medicine 35 years experience
Flavor: Msg is used as a flavor-enhancer. The human taste buds are very sensitive to sodium, which is a major component of monosodium glutamate.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What're the harmful side effects of msg in food?

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Dr. Imtiaz Chaudhry
Facial Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
None known: Monosodium glutamate (msg) is found in foods, in large part because glutamic acid, being an amino acid. No study has linked it with any cancer and normally being used as a taste enhancer in almost many food items worldwide.
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What happens if food contains MSG?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Some people: have adverse reactions to Monosodium glutamate.

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