MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a salt that can be naturally found in our food. It does make our food taste better and is added to get the meaty taste. Some people say it gives them a headache, makes bone weak, etc. This was called Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. We still see many noodles and snacks packets printed with “No added MSG” logo. Still, there is a lot of controversy on this condiment. FDA report also says that they couldn’t find links to reported negative effects.It is mostly used in Asian food, restaurants, and junk foods. It adds a savory taste to food and is used in meaty items. This chemical is very common and found in many foods. Different people of various regions have a different view on this. As said earlier FDA puts it in GRAS designation while some countries categorize it as unhealthy.
In Nepal and India, they are taken as bad for health. Almost all Nepalese noodles pack clearly state that they don’t have added MSG. Gluten and MSG are not the same things so please be clear of this. In India, Maggie came under huge debacle for MSG a few years ago. Similarly Mayos a famous Nepali noodles brand also faced similar issues.
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Most people want to have good and tasty food. Actually, all of us want tasty food in our lives. Well as there were many confusions and controversy regarding MSG, many people don’t want it. Here we want to make some things clear to people on the food they have. People might think that their food is MSG free but that is not actually true.
MSG, FDA, and Consumption
The food packets may tell they don’t have any added MSG but companies label them differently these days. Foods such as tomatoes, potatoes, grapes, etc have free Glutamate. This free Glutamate can combine with sodium to produce MSG as well. Most experts say that packaged and processed foods have them. Companies might not have added additional amount but food products naturally have this compound.
Doctors still recommend people to avoid their consumption as far as possible. Especially it is recommended that MSG should not be fed to infants. This is why most junk foods have a label behind them on this topic. Many people love it because of the taste but still, some hesitate from it.
We are not taking sides here but rather showing new information and comparing with the old ones. Still, many people don’t that MSG can be found naturally as well. People are still scared and if you want to be on that side, do take care of your food intake. Best advice from everyone is always eating good homemade fresh food and try to eat less processed food to stay healthy.
Some Facts about MSG
Let us make it clear that Gluten is not related to glutamic acid. Monosodium Glutamate is considered safe for people with Celiac disease. Basically, MSG is a salt of amino acids. Amino acids are found in food with high protein content. As stated earlier, the US FDA has found no evidence linking it with any negative side effects so it is considered safe by them.
As MSG is sodium salt, it can increase blood pressure. So it is not recommended for people with hypertension or diabetes. Pre-hypertensive people should also be very careful about their salt intake and look after food that has Monosodium Glutamate. Most people like this chemical because it gives meaty flavor to the food. One of the popular ways of manufacturing is the hydrolysis of wheat and other vegetables protein.
Monosodium Glutamate is a popular salt that is feared and loved equally by people. Many countries have very strict rules and regulations regarding processed foods with MSG. Some companies in South Asian countries also place a label stating that they have not added any additional amount MSG.