What’s The Real Score with MSG?

August 2, 2006

2590272974 MSG or monosodium glutamate has been added to chinese foods for flavoring for decades… but anecdotal reports have convinced a lot of consumers that anything with MSG can be BAD!  It is for this reason that the US FDA launched its own investigation after a flurry of complaints from consumers to determine the truth and facts about the harmful effects of MSG.

In 1995, the US FDA ordered a thorough review on this controversial ingredient and eventually found no scientific evidence to prove that this product is responsible for diseases including Alzheimer’s and other nervous system illnesses as long as typical levels are used in cooking anf food preparation.

The problem that majority of the cases of reactions to MSG happen after eating in a chinese restaurant, one starts to feel the symptoms of the so called MSG Complex. The symptoms include: chest tightness, headache, palpitations, or even shortness of breath which tend to occur within one hour after eating 3 grams or more of MSG on an empty stomach or without other food.  The FDA estimates that a typical serving of glutamate-treated food contains less than 0.5 grams of MSG and that a “reaction is most likely if the MSG is eaten in a large quantity or in a liquid, such as a clear soup. “

The Fact Finding Board further concluded that:

  • No evidence exists to suggest that dietary MSG or glutamate contributes to Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s chorea, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, AIDS dementia complex, or any other long-term or chronic diseases.
  • No evidence exists to suggest that dietary MSG causes brain lesions or damages nerve cells in humans.
  • In Short… small amounts of MSG to add to the flavor of our food should be okay…

    Chinese Food?  Enjoy It Without

    Fear of MSG!

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    One Response to “What’s The Real Score with MSG?”

    1. Maxim Says:

      Wow, this is new info for me – an evidence-based one! Thanks.


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