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  • As we know it now, MSG, short for monosodium glutamate, is a world-wide popular food additive

  • that has been deemed unhealthy and dangerous for your health.

  • So dangerous that petitions have rise in multiple countries, to put an end to its use in our

  • foods.

  • Along with that, we even see restaurants or food products advertising that their food

  • is "healthier" because it has no added MSG.

  • And there are even people that are attempting to blame MSG for causing OBESITY.

  • Quite significant if true.

  • So what's the exact deal with MSG, and should we really be afraid of it?

  • Again, MSG acts as flavor enhancer.

  • In fact, its main use is to enhance the savory and meaty taste known as Umami.

  • The flavor comes from the glutamate in MSG, and all types of food high in glutamate, such

  • as tomatoes, chicken, soy, and mushrooms, share the same unique Umami flavor.

  • As this flavor became more and more popular, MSG's popularity rose as well.

  • But just as anything that becomes popular, it also becomes highly scrutinized.

  • In the case of MSG, self-reported symptoms of headaches, fatigue, muscle tightness, and

  • cramping began to develop.

  • These symptoms derived after eating Chinese food.

  • And fittingly, it was coined the "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome."

  • Since many Chinese meals contain high amounts of MSG, people quickly blamed MSG for causing

  • these symptoms.

  • Then, finally, when studies began to surface about MSG and its side effects, these symptoms,

  • in fact were found to be connected.

  • But, there was a catch.

  • A lot of the early MSG research ran double-blinded studies, however, since MSG has a rather unique

  • flavoring, it was very possible that the subjects were able to easily identify the MSG flavor,

  • which invalidates the blind factor of the study.

  • When a study had MSG consumed in pill form, thus removing the flavor, both MSG and a placebo

  • had roughly the same effect.

  • But there are still correlations that MSG might induce some sort of negative effect

  • on the body, and consumption should be monitored if you're sensitive to it.

  • Just like if you're sensitive to caffine, you simply don't want to drink too much of

  • it.

  • Generally, however, the effects aren't really significant.

  • Another claim of avoiding MSG is because MSG increase glutamate plasma levels within the

  • body.

  • Since studies have linked neurological disorders from mice that were injected with glutamate

  • or even MSG directly, the fear-mongering claimed that eating MSG causes disease such as Alzheimer's

  • and Parkinson's disease.

  • But, of course, there's a catch.

  • These studies inject MSG directly into the... brain of these rats... yea...

  • Oral ingestion of MSG does increase glutamate levels, but never has it shown to cause neurological

  • disorders.

  • In terms of obesity, which seems to always come up when some food is claimed to be "bad,"

  • there simply isn't many studies to support this.

  • Some do link MSG in possibly increasing calorie intake due to influences in hunger, but other

  • studies shows the opposite where MSG might actually make you less hungry.

  • So the real understanding is up in the air, and to say that it does drive more appetite

  • and hunger which can lead to overeating and ultimately obesity, is just making a claim

  • with very little substance, or flavor, in this case.

  • So all in all, MSG is roughly okay to consume in moderate doses.

  • But if you do feel like you fall under the category of getting headaches or not feeling

  • well after eating MSG, placebo or not, just don't eat it.

  • But to ban it, just, as far as the research shows, doesn't make sense.

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As we know it now, MSG, short for monosodium glutamate, is a world-wide popular food additive

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Is MSG Bad For You? What is MSG and Should You Avoid It? (Monosodium Glutamate)

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    joey joey posted on 2021/05/08
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