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Monosodium glutamate

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  • Is MSG really all that bad for you? - CNET, 8/25/14 - It's a 3 minute video.
  • Why Americans still avoid MSG, even though its ‘health effects’ have been debunked - Washington Post, 3/20/18 - "Unfortunately, when it comes to MSG, there’s a great deal of evidence that consumer fears have been misplaced ... A chemical variant of glutamate -- a substance that occurs naturally in high-umami foods, such as Parmesan cheese, walnuts, soy sauce and tomatoes -- monosodium glutamate has been widely eaten since the early 20th century, when a Japanese scientist first distilled it from seaweed ... As MSG’s defenders have noted, this statistic should help show that the flavoring does not provoke the myriad symptoms that have been attributed to it. Few people claim to suffer what Kwok dubbed “Chinese restaurant syndrome” when they pop open a bag of chips ... On top of that, numerous high-quality studies of MSG have failed to demonstrate significant symptoms, even in people who claim to suffer from MSG reactions. In the 1990s, the FDA commissioned an independent review that found MSG only caused adverse effects in a small minority of “sensitive individuals” who ate large amounts on an empty stomach ... Instead, historians and researchers have blamed the initial symptoms that Kwok and others attributed to MSG on a variety of other sources: excess sodium or alcohol consumed with restaurant meals, a version of the placebo effect, growing skepticism of corporations, and deep-seated, anti-Asian prejudice"
  • Pilot study in Kenya shows link between chronic pain and glutamate consumption - Science Daily, 2/16/18 - "Results demonstrated that when study participants cut monosodium glutamate from their diets, their symptoms improved"
  • Break glasses! Eating MSG "healthy" Tan Dunci cooking is not taboo - ebc.net.tw, 12/12/16 - "MSG refining is very pure, more than 99% are glutamic acid, basically do not have to worry about other compounds will affect the health of the human body. In addition, glutamate in addition to the synthesis of human essential proteins, but also the central nervous system as a neurotransmitter, moderate intake of MSG is healthy; the contrary, although the rumors about MSG harmful to health, so far scientists can not prove that MSG will hinder health"
  • Monosodium l-glutamate in soup reduces subsequent energy intake from high-fat savoury food in overweight and obese women - Br J Nutr. 2015 Oct 12:1-9 - "The soup with MSG in comparison with the control soup resulted in significantly lower consumption of energy at lunch. The addition of MSG in the soup also reduced energy intake from high-fat savoury foods" - See Aji No Moto Ajinomoto Monosodium Glutamate Umami Seasoning 454g / 1LB / 16oz HALAL at Amazon.com.
  • Monosodium glutamate intake is inversely related to the risk of hyperglycemia - Clin Nutr. 2013 Nov 1 - "We followed 1056 healthy adults aged 20 years and older from 2002 to 2007. Dietary data were collected during home visits using a 3-day food record and a food frequency questionnaire ... The highest quartile of MSG intake was associated with a lower risk of incident hyperglycemia, even after adjustment for a number of covariates, including dietary patterns. Comparing the highest with the lowest quartiles of MSG intake, the odds ratio (OR) for hyperglycemia was 0.30 (95% CI 0.13-0.66). There was a linear inverse association between MSG intake and change in blood glucose"
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