MSG has always been pictured as a chemical that is there to destroy your health and give you all sorts of illness and discomforts.
But, to tell you the truth, it isn’t an evil chemical that gives people headaches, asthma, or heart palpitations.
What is MSG?
The full form of MSG stands is Monosodium Glutamate. A component that is a naturally-derived compound of sodium and glutamic acid.
MSG is a chemical that has been commonly used in Asian cuisine for decades. It is also a prominent part of Asian Fast Food in many countries.
But people know it mostly from the No MSG signs hung outside Chinese restaurants and present in numerous instant food packets.
And this is how we know, many people believe that MSG is something that harms your health.
But the truth is, it doesn’t.
MSG is just a combination of sodium and a naturally-occurring substance that is already present in our body.
As a matter of fact, glutamic acid is made by human cells. And many healthy foods have high concentrations of it.
And as for sodium, there is less of it in MSG than there is in table salt.
Yet, people lose it when it comes to MSG.
Why you ask.
Probably because an uninformed person had questions about it.
The Birth of MSG.
Professor Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese chemist first developed MSG in 1908.
When professor Ikeda discovered that glutamic acid was responsible for the flavor of Umami, he got really excited.
He then derived it from seaweed, secured a patent to produce it. Hence, his brand AJI-NO-MOTO was formed, which is popular till this date all over the world.
Umami is a delicious, savory flavor that is a critical component of many Japanese cuisines.
Apart from sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, it is the “fifth taste” that we all crave for.
Ikeda’s discovery landed in American markets in the 50s and for nearly two decades, there were no reports of any issues of MSG.
But somehow, Americans soon became aware of dangers of food additives.
The Beginning of the Ending.
In 1968, a letter was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the letter, a doctor complained about not feeling so good after eating at multiple Chinese restaurants.
His theory, maybe it was from the MSG present in the food. But the problem was, he had no proofs or tests and it was all his gut feeling.
The news spread far and wide, enough for multiple readers to respond with similar complaints.
This led scientists to study the phenomenon.
Hence, the “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” was born.
And before long, the list of news blaming Chinese food and MSG for numerous health problems grew like mushrooms.
And the majority of the public took no time to accept it and blame it on MSG.
The False Truth.
However, it has since been found that many of those initial studies had some critical defects.
The most notable one, the fact that the participants of the study already knew whether the meals they were consuming contained MSG or not.
But a recent research has found no detectable links between MSG and all the symptoms associated with it. As a great number of participants for the research were unaware of the fact that the food they were consuming has MSG. Even though they previously described themselves sensitive to MSG.
The MSG Myth.
Does this imply that the volunteers were not telling the truth?
Not necessarily. The MSG myth is so prevalent and universal that people were probably experiencing the “nocebo” effect, the reverse of “placebo” effect.
It is still very hard to convince the general public even though many prominent chefs and members of the medical community are speaking out openly in favor for MSG.
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to ingest glutamic acid, you’ll have to avoid eating so many things like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, lentils, and protein-rich vegetables.
And, since human breast milk also contains s glutamic acid, you need to stop feeding your babies the natural ways.
And if it’s the sodium that scares you, avoid eating anything that contains salt. So basically you should stop eating anything at all.
So, it’s time to decide for yourself. Would you starve to death and keep believing what everyone blindly believes? Or would you choose to enlighten yourself and know what the real truth is?