About This SiteMSG stands for monosodium glutamate (also known as sodium glutamate), a common food ingredient that is a pure form of glutamate, the most common amino acid in our diets.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The tongue has taste receptors for glutamate, just as it does for sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes.
When MSG is added to foods, it enhances and enriches their savory (umami) and rich flavors. Our goal is to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information about glutamate (MSG).
There is information about the discovery and taste of glutamate, the role it plays in our food and our bodies and its nutritional benefits.
There are also sections where you can find the answers to many frequently asked questions (FAQs) about MSG.
MSG Facts vs. Fiction Explained in Recent News Reports
Science Friday, a nonprofit organization and trusted source for news about science, reports that there is no basis for claims that MSG may cause allergies. And a new study finds that umami flavor in ...>> more
New Video and Infographic Explain Why MSG is Perfectly Safe
According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), monosodium glutamate (MSG) has suffered from inaccurate consumer perceptions for too long - so the non-profit organization has decided to put the con...>> more
Glutamate is Glutamate Whatever the Source!
Sodium reduction in food products is a major issue on the global health agenda, so manufacturers are continually looking at methods of producing low-sodium products without compromising on the taste o...>> more