The Truth about MSG

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The Truth about MSG
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The Truth about MSG
* You may not know it's there but Monosodium Glutamate
(MSG) is integrated in a lot of food you eat every day.
* MSG is in sauces, pre-mixes, mayonnaise, chips and so
much more. In 1908, Kikunae Ikeda isolated glutamic acid
as a new taste substance and named it as "umami."
* Saburosuke Suzuki began the first commercial production
of MSG in 1909 as Aji-no-moto, meaning "essence of
taste." Umami is now considered the fifth basic taste.

Are you curious about MSG?
* Read on some answers from the Food and Drug Administration.

What is MSG?
* Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of the common amino acid
glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods
and food additives.

How is it made?
* MSG occurs naturally in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses. People
around the world have eaten glutamate-rich foods throughout history. Today,
MSG is produced by the fermentation of starch, sugar beets, sugar cane or
molasses. This fermentation process is similar to that used to make yogurt,
vinegar and wine.

Production Process of MSG

Is MSG safe to eat?
* FDA considers the addition of MSG to foods to be "generally recognized as safe"
(GRAS). Although many people identify themselves as sensitive to MSG, in
studies with such individuals given MSG or a placebo, scientists have not been
able to consistently trigger reactions.

How can I know if there is MSG in
my food?
* FDA requires that foods containing added MSG list it in the ingredient panel on
the packaging as monosodium glutamate. However, MSG occurs naturally in
ingredients in soy extracts, tomatoes and cheeses. While FDA requires that these
products be listed on the ingredient panel, there is no requirement to specify
when it occurs naturally. However, foods with any ingredient that naturally
contains MSG cannot claim "No MSG" or "No added MSG" on their packaging.
MSG also cannot be listed as "spices and flavoring."

Has FDA received any adverse event reports
associated with MSG?
* Over the years, FDA has received reports of symptoms such as headache and
nausea after eating foods containing MSG. However, there has never been any
confirmation that MSG caused the reported effects.

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