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.
Glutamate is glutamate whatever the source!
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Our tongues sense what nutrients are needed
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