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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* International Food Information Council Issues New Fact Sheet on MSG, titled, "Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): From A to Umami." Read more about the Fact Sheet.

* News Article: "Feeding Fussy Kids: Top Five Ways to Get Them Eating Better Food," published in The Guardian. One of the five ways is to "use umami." The author, Adam Liaw, states, "Umami (the strong, savoury flavour known as the "fifth taste", after salt, sweet, sour and bitter) is a fundamental part of what makes food tasty." He adds, "It allows you to add great flavour without needing to load things up with extra sugar, fat or salt." To read the full article, click here.

* Food Unwrapped, the British television documentary series, in its season 6 premiere episode (airing on the 31st of August, 2015) addresses the question: "Are alarming headlines about MSG justified?" Here is the episode on YouTube: The MSG segment appears at the beginning of the video, until 6:07, and then continues at 20:32 until 22:45. Food Unwrapped is broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK, and the YouTube channel is called "Unwrapped." The Food Unwrapped series attempts to find out how our food is really made and the industry secrets behind our favorite foods. Its first broadcast was on the 10th of September, 2012.

* The presence of MSG in some samples of noodles in India has become a labeling matter, not a safety concern, because the product indicates "no added MSG." Read IGIS statement.

* Umami Information Center Holds Third Annual Umami Lecture at the Culinary Institute of America. Read about teaching culinary professionals more about umami.

* MSG has gotten a bad rap for "causing" allergies - is it justified? Read this informative article from Science Friday.

* New study finds that umami flavor promotes feelings of fullness, could help to curb appetite. Read news summaries of the study.

* Umami taste important for overall health. Read this report from BBC News, covering a new study investigating the ability of elderly people to taste umami.

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