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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Umami Flavor Could Help to Curb Appetite

Eat Umami, Eat Less

curb appetite.jpgThe following are excerpts (direct quotes, without modification) from the article, "Eat Umami, Eat Less," written by Alexandra Sifferlin and appearing in Time Magazine on July 21, 2014.

If you're feeling unsatisfied after a meal, perhaps wasn't flavorful enough. A new study suggests that the taste umami may actually make you feel more full and satisfied.

For a quick dash of umami, cooks have turned to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer that's added to soups and other foods. Now a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that MSG can make food more appetizing and therefore help diners feel more full.

The researchers asked 27 participants to eat the same breakfast, then some ate a high-protein soup with an MSG-enzyme combination while other had soup without the pairing. Everyone then sat down for an identical lunch, and the scientists tracked how much the volunteers ate as well as asked them questions about their appetite and how full they felt. The diners who ate the MSG-laced soup consumed less of their lunch, but still say they felt satisfied, suggesting that umami may have a role in regulating eating.

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Umami Flavor Promotes Feelings Of Fullness, Could Help To Curb Appetite

Family eating healthy meal.jpgThis research also was summarized in the article, "Umami Flavor Promotes Feelings Of Fullness, Could Help To Curb Appetite," written by Chris Weiller and appearing in Medical Daily on July 22, 2014. The following are excerpts from the article.

The hearty, elusive flavor of umami may be as full as it gets you. A new study released by University of Sussex researchers shows food with umami flavors tend to reduce people's appetite without cutting their satisfaction with the meal.

Obesity is a well-worn epidemic in the U.S., and any strategy worth its salt at improving eating habits should be taken seriously. The new research suggests the popular flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as it's more often known, adds depth to soup and actually makes it feel heartier. For the more than one-third of adults who are currently obese, the findings could help motivate smarter eating habits with little effort.

"Monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been shown to increase satiety when combined with protein," the researchers wrote. For the latest study they wanted to find out how MSG could affect satiety, or feelings of fullness, when it came to foods that also featured prominent amounts of carbohydrates. They tested people's reaction to soup.

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