MSG Facts vs. Fiction Explained in Recent News Reports

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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 the form of MSG promotes feelings of fullness, helping to satisfy appetite and potentially help with...

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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 consumer myths about MSG to rest. In a new video released in August 2014, ACS corrects the myths about ...

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Glutamate Is Natural

Glutamate Is Natural

Glutamate is common throughout nature. It is a component of your body and your foods. The taste-imparting property of glutamate has long been used around the world to enhance the palatability of foods.

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MSG Safe Use

MSG Safe Use

Over one hundred years ago, Professor Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University discovered the taste that is now recognized internationally as “umami.” It has been established for more than 10 years now that umami, which is the taste imparted by monosodium glutamate (MSG), stands alongside sweet, sour, salty and bitter as one of the five recognized basic tastes.

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Glutamate in our Bodies

The average person consumes between 10 and 20 grams of glutamate bounded to proteins and one gram of free glutamate from our daily foods. In addition, the approximate net production of glutamate in the human body is 50 grams of free glutamate per day.

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Most dietary glutamate is rapidly metabolized and is used as an energy source. From a nutritional perspective, glutamate is a non-essential amino acid, which means that our bodies can make their own glutamate from other protein sources if necessary. Produced naturally in the body for a variety of essential functions, glutamate is an important building block of protein. It has a key role in the metabolism of major nutrients and is important for the reconstruction of body protein and the metabolism of energy. The human body naturally creates and metabolizes glutamate every day.

The glutamate that naturally occurs in many foods and the glutamate added as monosodium glutamate are exactly the same. The body metabolizes all glutamate in the same way.