Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG or Mono-sodium Glutamate is food flavoring additive, which is used to make some processed foods taste more appealing. This category would contain questions on MSG and its effects.

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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

What is the badness of MSG in cooking?

Certain individuals are definitely more sensitive to MSG (monosodium glutamate) than others. Reported affects include severe headaches including migraine headaches, flushing, rashes, heart palpitations and respiratory symptoms. However, studies have failed to determine any specific links between MSG and health problems, possibly because not all people are affected.


Also, MSG has been shown by studies to cause brain damage in infants and is banned for use in baby foods. As for adults, excess consumption may cause headaches but no long term detrimental effects have been proven.

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Does barro's pizza have msg?


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Is MSG banned in Australia?

No MSG is not banned in Australia.

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What food has MSG in?

McDonald's food has MSG in it. That is why it tastes very good.

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When will the fy12 agr MSG board results be released?

8 Dec 12

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Is Glutamic Acid MSG If it is why is it in my supplements?

Glutamic acid is the active part of MSG. Glutamate are used as flavor enhancements in various foods and supplements.

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Why is monosodium glutamate bad for you?

While MSG was thought to be bad for you at one time recent research by Frito Lay shows this not to be the case. It turns out it was not bad for them at all as they raked in over 40 billion dollars in revenue last year alone with their MSG loaded chips products.

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What is soy and is it the same as monosodium glutamate?

Soy is a kind of bean from which we get liquids, oils, meal, paste, etc. MSG - Monosodium Glutamate - is a flavour enhancer usually industrially fermented by bacteria. The constituents of MSG, Glutamate, are found in nearly all foods as a protein amino acid.

Free Glutamate, that provides the same flavour enhancement as MSG, is found in high concentrations in fermented bean products, like Soy sauce, and other foods such as yeast, sharp cheeses, fish sauce etc...

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Which country first used MSG?

Japan Tokyo university in 1907 Prof. Kikunae Ikeda separated Glutamic Acid from Kombu seaweed to enhance the flavor of foods.

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Does seitan have MSG in it - how can you tell?

Homemade seitan does not have MSG in it. It is made of wheat gluten along with flavorings such as spices, soy sauce, etc. For commercial seitan products, you should check the ingredients. If it is used, MSG should be listed.

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Is maggi contains non-veg?

Atta Maggie contains? DSG (DiSodium Glutamate), which does contain Bactosoytone. Not written in ingredients as such, hidden under alias Flavor-627.

Maggi contains MSG (Monosodium glutamate) used as a flavor enhancer, which is made? using Bactosoytone, itself made from soy protein using a catalyst enzyme porcine (taken from intestine of Pig). Chemically, catalyst never goes in the molecu...lar structure of Bactosoytone, hence it's Vegetarian for Nestle. MSG as such is harmful to health. Recently Maggi Launched no-MSG series known as Vegetable Atta-Maggie, but that's just a makeover.

Pigs skin juice (Suyyar keh Maas ka Rus) is used for bringing taste to maggi

Maggi is Non Veg - - -try this experiment at home

Boil chicken maggi soup powder and vegetarian maggi noodles masala powder

After boiling, taste both of them....they will taste the same...all the best

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Why is too much MSG bad for you?

MSG makes your hair fall off and can get you cancer some msg is made of really bad quality products which can get you '''cancer.''' If you eat a little like 1 cup noodle a week or something ,it won't do that much to you but if you eat cup noodle everyday, then you will probably start having side effects

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What chemicals are used for making duplicate rice puller?

one cup of my urine is required

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Is there MSG in Heinz ketchup?

Yes it does, on the label it is listed as "natural flavors".

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Are monoglycerides and MSG the same thing?

MSG refers to monosodium glutamate. I think that is different to monoglycerides.

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Does baked chicken contain MSG?

Not usually. MSG is usually found in Chinese foods.

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Can MSG cause brain tumors?

I think it would be possible if a lot of the MSG entered the brain, since it would overstimulate brain cells which would generate enormous amounts of free radicals that damage DNA. However, I think it would be extremely rare. Excess glutamate such as that found in MSG has been shown to increase the growth and spread of cancer once you do have it though. I would be more concerned about MSG damaging and killing off my brain cells.

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What can you substitute for MSG?

== == Interesting question -- MSG itself is flavorless; it merely enhances the flavors in other ingredients. As such, the simplest answer to this question is... salt. Salt also has no flavor, per se, and "wakes up" your taste buds so that they experience more of the food's flavor. There are also companies that produce substitutions (see but nothing particularly popular. Depending on the recipe, salty additives like soy sauce (make sure it's MSG-free, which it often isn't), Worcestershire sauce, etc., can help.

When added to almost to any food, MSG is not flavorless. The Japansese have found a new sense of taste called unami, and MSG will often enhance food by adding this meaty flavor to it. So use meat bases if you want to achieve a similar result.

MSG is Mono-Sodium-Glutamate, usually produced commercially by bacteria. It is converted by saliva to Sodium, (Table Salt) and Glutamate, the anionic form of Glutamic acid. Aside from the flavour enhancement of the Sodium, it is the Glutamate that gives the Unami taste provided by MSG. By itself it has a subtle salty,savoury taste, that is only fully registered when combined with other food. Unami is a true taste registered by the tongue, not a flavour. As a taste unami is best described as savoury or meaty.

Glutamate and Glutamic acid are naturally occurring amino acids present in a large range of foods. It is free Glutamate that provides the unami taste They are most concentrated in sharp cheeses (like Parmesan), yeast and yeast extracts, anchovies, fermented fish sauce (and hence Worcestershire sauce), fermented bean products (hence soy sauce), sea-weed/vegtables and savory mushrooms (like Shiitaki). Tomatoes also contain reasonable amounts, which in the quantities of a tomato sauce, have a strong unami taste.

All meat products will have some unami taste because of their high protein content. As an all-purpose substitute, fermented fish sauce is the best substitute. In the small quantities needed as a flavour enhancer it contributes little extra flavour to a dish other than the desired unami taste. It also contributes salt to the dish. Worcestershire sauce does much the same with a more complex flavour.

Soy sauce is best for Asian dishes.

Parmesan cheese for pastas and other Italian/Western cooking.

Tomato and Shiitaki mushrooms can play roles although they are not as ubiquitous in use as MSG or its concentrated substitutes.

If you want to avoid adding Glutamate altogether, remembering that it is a part of all proteins in every living cell, both plant and animal, you can focus on the other taste and mouthfeel aspects to mask the lack of unami in your dish. Taste wise you can:

* Add more salt to make you dish saltier. * Add more sugar, honey or caramel etc... to make it sweeter. * Add more lemon or fruit juice, tamarind, vinegar or wine to make it more acidic. * Note: Bitter and alkaline flavours aren't usually desirable but lime juice can give a very nice bitter tang and Bi-Carb Soda is sometimes used in food for its flavour.

Or introduce other mouthfeel elements such as: * Pepper and chilis to add spicy heat * Alcohol (strong spirits) to add warmth * Mint (menthol) to add a cooling sensation

* Szechwan pepper to add a mouth-numbing sensation

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Does sea salt contain msg?

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What is the value of a 1851 Baldwin twenty dollar coin MSG?

its worth whatever a person will pay for it.

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Is there gluten in MSG?

Some MSG is derived from wheat. Other times it is derived from corn, soybeans, etc, but MSG derived from wheat can cause reactions in gluten intolerant individuals.

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Is modified corn starch MSG?

It contains the base substance and should be avoided if possible, but it's not really msg.

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Why do health advocates publish literature that villifies MSG?

Typically because the literature published by MSG detractors goes too far in speculating the effects of MSG on humans based on sketchy evidence. Studies which look at MSG in vitro on a petri dish or in lab animals might suggest the possibility of a negative effect in humans, but it's unfair to conclude from animal and in vitro studies alone that MSG is dangerous for humans. A small percentage of the populous may exhibit an allergic reaction to MSG, but other than that and the possibility of weight gain due to MSG's flavor enhancing properties (people may eat more MSG-coated junk because it tastes better), current scientific evidence has found no increased risk of any disease or condition in humans due to consumption of modest quantities of MSG allowed in foods today. That being said, MSG is by no means a health food, a nutrient, or in anyway essential. Foods which have MSG added are typically high in saturated fat, hydrogenated oils, processed sugar, salt, enriched wheat flour and are low in fiber. So even MSG being non-dangerous would not be incentive enough to start consuming most of the products that contain MSG. Always assign a reasonable level of skepticism when reading any claims that a product is dangerous. You can find dozens of "anti-" everything sites out on the web, anti-MSG,anti-soy, anti-milk, anti-aspartame and so on. The actual evidence to support most of these sites claims is usually speculatory at best, dead wrong at worst. The sites may cite valid studies, but then draw conclusions which greatly extrapolate on the results.

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Does Pizza Hut use MSG?

Yes, Pizza Hut does use Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

Most fast food restaurants puts MSG in their food.

MSG is highly addictive, that is why most people crave the same fast food. Which causes them weight gain and obesity.

MSG is very difficult to avoid, since most food in the world contains MSG.

MSG is to blame for addiction and obesity.


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Please state your sources.

There is no evidence to suggest that MSG is addictive. The reason people crave fast food is far more coplex than lumping the blame on MSG, for example, the fact that it's easy, and that it contains large amounts of salt sugar and fat, which all humans are programmed to crave, being relatively uncommon until recently.

MSG is not difficult to avoid at all, all you need to do is prepare your own food.

MSG is not to blame for addiction in any way whatsoever, and if it is linked to obesity, it's unproven, as Asian cuisine has been using it as a flavour enhancer for years, and they don't have anywhere near the problem that the US and UK have.

All MSG is is a kind of salt, and while there are issues with the high salt content of pre-packaged meals and junk food, there's no evidence that MSG is any worse than table salt.


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In addition to that, Pizza Hut is not "fast food". Anything you order at Pizza Hut is cooked to order, and you will be waiting, at minimum, fifteen to twenty minutes for your order. There is no reason for Pizza Hut to use preservatives in their food. The reason the Pizza Hut pizza tastes good is because, among other reasons, the high fat content.

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Does deli turkey and Swiss cheese have msg or gluten?

Deli meats, including turkey, almost always have MSG. The best way to get turkey with no MSG is to get turkey meat from an actual cooked turkey. Swiss cheese can have msg. Read the package for details. Major brands, like Kraft, typically have MSG. Keep in mind that the few ingredients then the less like of msg. Neither item should have naturally occurring gluten.


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