Is MSG really that bad?
There is so much negative hype about American Chinese restaurants using MSG (sodium glutamate) in their food, but is it really so bad for you?
Well they say some people may have short-term reactions, including headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, and numbness or tingling around the mouth.
Read mare at this link.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/monoso … te/AN01251
I still use it, when I cook sometimes in small quantities.
It makes the food taste better.
I don't think it is toxic in small doses.
Glutamate is a natural compound, but mono sodium glutamate is usually manufactured in a lab. Depending on the preparation procedure, it could contain some carcinogenic compounds.
Apart from that it's high in inorganic sodium (inorganic meaning it's not from a plant source). Just like eating too much table salt, there is a risk of heart disease associated with high levels of inorganic sodium.
It may be a little overhyped, but it's certainly not good for you. Along the same lines as table salt, or caffeine- occasional usage in small doses probably won't do any damage. Of course, if it makes you feel sick or gives you a headache, you may have a sensitivity to it. This is actually pretty common, and you should stop eating it at all if that's the case.
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