Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer used in a variety of foods. Over the past 30 years adverse reactions have been reported by people who’ve eaten foods containing MSG.
Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.
In otherwise healthy MSG-intolerant people, the MSG symptom complex tends to occur within one hour after eating 3 grams or more of MSG on an empty stomach or without other food.
A reaction is most likely if the MSG is eaten in a large quantity or in a liquid, such as a clear soup. You may react to MSG and develop MSG symptom complex, a condition characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:
- chest pain
- rapid heartbeat
- facial pressure/tightness
- difficulty breathing in MSG-intolerant people with asthma
- burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest
- numbness in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms, back
- tingling, warmth, weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck, arms
No scientific evidence exists to suggest that dietary MSG or glutamate contributes to a whole host of diseases nor causes any adverse effects.
Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals has resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain. However, according to the FDA the consumption of glutamate in food does not cause this effect .
Sounds risky, so why take this chance. Get back to nature in your food choices and avoid this whole “darn” controversy.