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What is chinese restaurant syndrome--or isnt it ral?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Agree w Dr. Kimm
Chinese Food often contains Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which is classified by the FDA as a flavor enhancer that is “generally recognized as safe”.
Per Mayo Clinic- research hasn't shown a definite link btwn MSG & “MSG Symptom Complex” which may include: headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure, numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck,etc, palpitations, chest pain, nausea or weakness.>

In brief: Agree w Dr. Kimm
Chinese Food often contains Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which is classified by the FDA as a flavor enhancer that is “generally recognized as safe”.
Per Mayo Clinic- research hasn't shown a definite link btwn MSG & “MSG Symptom Complex” which may include: headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure, numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck,etc, palpitations, chest pain, nausea or weakness.>
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196
Dr. Heidi Fowler
See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196
Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology
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In brief: Additive sensitivity
Chinese restaurant syndrome is a constellation of symptoms that occur after eating certain kinds of foods.
Symptoms include chest pain, flushing, headache, perioral numbness, facial swelling, & sweating. It is likely due to sensitivity to food additives. Msg has been implicated, but the link never proven. This has also been called hot dog headache, glutamate-induced asthma & msg syndrome.

In brief: Additive sensitivity
Chinese restaurant syndrome is a constellation of symptoms that occur after eating certain kinds of foods.
Symptoms include chest pain, flushing, headache, perioral numbness, facial swelling, & sweating. It is likely due to sensitivity to food additives. Msg has been implicated, but the link never proven. This has also been called hot dog headache, glutamate-induced asthma & msg syndrome.
Dr. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm
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Dr. Simon Kimm
In 1968, the safety of MSG came into question when a largely anecdotal report was published that suggested MSG caused "Chinese restaurant syndrome" (CRS). Many subsequent studies failed to show any link between MSG and these symptoms, and glutamate found naturally in foods (mushrooms) due not seem to cause these symptoms. There is evidence that bacterial contamination of rice in restaurants during the 1960's and 1970's was the actual cause.
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