Is Msg Bad For Your Health?
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids. MSG is naturally found in foods like: Tomatoes Parmesan cheese Mushrooms Soy sauce As well as many other foods So the simple reality is that most of us eat MSG every single day, even on a Paleo or Vegan diet. MSG and Umami Variously described as "savory," "meaty" or "earthy," umami has come to be recognised as the fifth taste, in addition to sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Just as sugar is sweet and lemons are sour, glutamates are umami and make food yummy. In that list above you may notice these ingredients are commonly included in recipes. This is almost certainly because of the flavour enhancing effects that come from their MSG content. For many years I thought MSG in Chinese and processed foods made me thirsty. Then (while trying to replicate the recipe for KFC at home) I discovered that for me MSG does not make me thirsty. Not at all. So while there is something in many processed foods that does have an adverse impact on me, my personal experimentation on me indicates it's not actually MSG. As far as health impacts go MSG is thing to which we a Continue reading >>