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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

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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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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 MSG and explains "the scientific consensus is that this flavor enhancer, known for its savory umami flavor, is perfectly safe for the vast majority of people."

The video is available here.

The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

Thumbnail image for Undeserved-Reputation-Monosodium-Glutamate_infographic(2).pngNew Infographic about Glutamate, MSG Safety

Also in August 2014 ACS cited a new infographic developed by Compound Interest, which graphically explains that there is no chemical difference between naturally occurring glutamate and the glutamate in MSG. Also detailed is the fact that most criticisms of MSG contain anecdotal reports, lacking scientific evidence to back them up.

Download the infographic, called "Monosodium Glutamate - an Undeserved Reputation," here (pdf version).

For more facts about MSG, read "10 Things You Should Know about Monosodium Glutamate" on this website.