How come monosodium glutamate (msg) in everything we eat?

Flavor enhancer. As a flavor and in the right amount, msg can enhance other taste-active compounds, improving the overall taste of certain foods. Msg mixes well with meat, fish, poultry, many vegetables, sauces, soups and marinades, and increases the overall preference of certain foods like beef consommé.

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Monosodium glutamate (msg) is often present on processed food. Is it safe to eat?

Yes. Msg is a flavor enhancer that causes no problems for most people. Some individuals note side effects from msg including headache, flushing or stomach discomfort and they should avoid it for their personal comfort. Read more...

Is monosodium glutamate (msg) harmful?

Neurotoxic. It acts like the natural neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain to excessively allow influx of calcium into brain cells thus causing their early death, a condition called abnormal apoptosis. Read more...

Is monosodium glutamate (msg) bad for you?

Neurotoxic. It acts like the natural neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain to excessively allow influx of calcium into brain cells thus causing their early death, a condition called abnormal apoptosis. Read more...

Where can you get msg (monosodium glutamate)?

MSG. Chinese foods, Potato chips, Frozen dinners, Gravy, Ranch dressing, Salty snacks, among many others. Read more...

How does monosodium glutamate (msg) affect the body?

MSG. This food additive can rarely cause mild symptoms such as headaches, flushing, sweating, nausea, numbness/tingling, chest pain, weakness. This is called "msg symptom complex" or "chinese restaurant syndrome". None are dangerous or require treatment. Read more...

I'm wondering what effect does msg (monosodium glutamate) have on blood pressure?

MSG Increases BP. There are data suggesting that monosodium glutamate increases blood pressure by 2-6 mmhg. This is similar to the effect of table salt. I would advise including only small amounts of msg in your diet if you have high blood pressure. Read more...