I am seeing “No MSG” on all kinds of products where MSG may never be a possibility. But I wasn’t certain until I read this article that refreshed memory about MSG.
And since advertising uses words to mean different things at different times, almost as sneaky and dishonest as the US regulatory agencies, what about when MSG is listed by a synonym?
After learning more about 31 MSG side effects, go to our next post for a list of 27 and 1 half names for MSG.
What Exactly Is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?
The food additive monosodium glutamate, MSG, is used to enhance, balance, and blend the overall perception of other tastes in food. It stimulates the taste buds and increases saliva production to make flavors ‘pop’.
MSG is one of the most controversial food additives.
What exactly is it? It is the refined sodium salt form of the amino acid glutamate or glutamic acid.
Since MSG is only 12% sodium by weight versus sodium chloride, which is 39%, some food manufacturers argue that by using MSG, they can use less salt (sodium chloride) in their products.
That’s why foods that frequently contain MSG are apt to be salty or savory tasting.
Robert Ho Man Kwok identified an MSG symptom complex that he called Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.
Since then, MSG has been implicated in many health issues and side effects. Reported adverse reactions to MSG include:
- Asthma attack
- Atrial fibrillation
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Chest pain
- Change in blood pressure
- Changes in mood
- Irritable bowel
- Joint pain
- Panic attack
- Pressure around eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Skin rash
- Slurred speech
- Sneezing or runny nose
- Stomach cramps
- Swelling of face
- or tongue
- Trouble focusing
So if you have one of the above symptoms test to see if eliminating MSG under any of its names will help you clear the symptom.
The quickest and cheapest way to stop your head from hurting is to quit banging it against a wall.
Go to our next post for a list of 27 and 1/2 names for MSG…