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Definition: MSG

Abbreviation for monosodium glutamate.
It's a chemical food enhancer, extracted from seaweed and other vegetable matter. It's used in prepared seasoning blends, processed foods and a lot of Chinese food. It resembles salt and has been used by the Chinese for centuries to deepen and bring out natural food flavors. Many places now advertise their products as "No MSG" or "MSG Free" because it sometimes triggers migraine attacks in susceptible individuals.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
now i know!
Bmoney Bmoney 10 years
Thanks YumSugar as I said I am a just happened to hit a nerve with me. This issue really gets to me for some reason??? I am a huge label reader and most people have no idea what they are eating! Keep up the good work!
Food Food 10 years
Bmoney, you're totally right, I should have been more clear. I put processed foods before Chinese food, but I should have stated a few examples, your comment did a great job at that. I think Chinese food gets a bad rap because MSG has been in Chinese food for centuries. If your body reacts poorly to MSG, you should definitely check the label folks, it's in a lot of pre-mixed seasonings too.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
yeah Bmoney, Yum did state that. anyways, being Chinese myself, it is true that we do use alot of MSG. but the younger generation is drawing away from that now cos health consciousness is on the rise. its a start! :) and thanks Yum, i didnt even THINK of checking on the definition of MSG. lol
kogetaryn kogetaryn 10 years "Two or three ounces of Parmesan cheese," writes Jeffrey Steingarten in his hilarious analysis of MSG research in It Must've Been Something I Ate, "contain enough free glutamate to give a headache to anybody who claims to be sensitive to MSG, and yet I have never heard of a Parmesan Headache." "Though its name implies something synthetic, monosodium glutamate is made by fermenting natural ingredients, such as wheat, corn, and rice, and turning the result into a white powder."
ashleycakes ashleycakes 10 years
Didn't she say "It's used in prepared seasoning blends, processed foods, and a lot of Chinese food"? I believe PROCESSED FOODS was included in her definition of MSG. Just saying.... _________________________ Cheese It!!
Bmoney Bmoney 10 years
I am a fan YUMSUGAR...BUT....this was a very bad post. If you are going to bring up MSG you should do a better job of educating people. I am so sick of MSG only being attached to Chinese food this is a HUGE misconception. MSG is in many widely loved american preocessed foods. Look ot the ingredients on the back of that bag of Doritos you just scarfed down or maybe that package of Ramen noodles! Once you start looking at ingredients you will be amazed! oh and don't forget all of the other names companies use to try to fool us. Just a few of these are, hydrolyzed vegatable protein, glutamic acid, or autolyzed yeast...just to name a few. So watch out and please everyone stop just blaming Chinese is a very thinly veiled misconception.
mangopassion mangopassion 10 years
I totally get migraines from food, MSG being one of my triggers. Just in the last six months is when I have had to start watching my diet and most people would not believe the number of packaged and canned foods that have MSG.
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
Yep, that is so funny that you should post that today, because I am working on getting rid of an MSG migraine today from the Chinese food I ate last night. Happy Monday! LOL
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Thanks! I always wondered why MSG was bad.
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