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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Fact Sheets on MSG Health Effects

scientific research.jpgMonosodium glutamate is one of the most extensively tested food ingredients in history. MSG has undergone exhaustive review by prestigious scientific advisory bodies, and regulatory authorities worldwide have approved its use. Numerous well-conducted scientific studies have failed to show a connection between MSG and adverse health effects.

Since its discovery in 1908, MSG has been used safely and effectively in food. Extensive scientific research has been undertaken to evaluate MSG's role in foods, as well as the benefits and safety of MSG. This research, which has been reviewed by scientists and regulators around the world, including the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, demonstrates that monosodium glutamate is safe for everyone.

Migraine Headaches and MSG Fact Sheet

There is no scientifically established link between monosodium glutamate (MSG) and migraine headaches. There are many known 'triggers' for headaches, including diet and stress and, the same specific range of foods have been implicated. However, there is no evidence for a connection with MSG.

This fact sheet provides evidence to show that there is no scientifically established link between monosodium glutamate and migraine headaches.

Asthma and MSG Fact Sheet

Since the first description of "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" in a letter published in 1968, a small number of studies of variable quality have attributed a variety of symptoms to the consumption of monosodium glutamate. Studies undertaken over the intervening period of 40 years have failed to demonstrate a link between consuming foods seasoned with monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the development of allergies, allergic-type symptoms or asthma.

This fact sheet provides evidence to show that there is no link between MSG and asthma.

Sodium Reduction and MSG Fact Sheet

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

This fact sheet provides further information on how using MSG to season food can help to reduce the sodium content of recipes.

Read more about the usefulness of MSG in a reduced sodium diet.

Facts About the Production of Glutamate

This fact sheet provides further information about the production process of glutamate.

Glutamate and Nutrition Fact Sheet

The Glutamate and Nutrition Fact Sheet provides further information about how the body uses and produces glutamate.

Glutamate and Nutrition Briefing Papers

This briefing paper provides further information about how the presence of glutamate in mother's milk influences taste acceptability to infants.