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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10 Things to Know About MSG


1. Glutamate is the purest taste of umami, the fifth basic taste. Umami taste
receptors have a special affinity for free glutamate.

2. We consume between 10 g and 20 g of glutamate from our diet, of which
glutamate from seasoning or condiments is less than 10%.

3. Monosodium glutamate brings nothing new to the diet. It is the sodium salt of an
amino acid found abundantly in protein.

4. The body treats glutamate in exactly the same way whether comes from the food
we eat or is added as seasoning.

5. Glutamate is important for healthy metabolism, however most of the dietary
glutamate we consume is used as fuel by the cells of the digestive system.

6. Increasing the umami taste in food by increasing the level of free glutamate can
result in salt (sodium) and fat-reduced recipes which still taste satisfying.

7. Replacing table salt with MSG will reduce the sodium content of recipes, as MSG
contains one third of the amount of sodium.

8. Only a small amount of added glutamate is required to optimize umami taste;seasoning food.jpg
using more won't do you any harm but, as with salt, the food might not taste as

9. The extensive body of research which exists about glutamate has been
reviewed by independent scientists and regulatory authorities around the world
-- all have found MSG to be safe.

10. Numerous well-conducted scientific studies have failed to show a connection
between MSG and adverse health effects. In fact, MSG gives the benefit of
umami taste.