MSG Review

MSG Review
By George Pierce
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What is MSG?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer.  MSG makes food taste better.  

Is MSG Safe?

The FDA classifies MSG as a food additive that is "generally recognized as safe".  Thus, MSG can be added to food with the requirement that it is listed on the label.   Where you may find MSG is in soups, canned vegetables, Chinese food, and processed meats.  

MSG controversy:

MSG is claimed  to produce a number of reactions known as MSG symptom complex.  

MSG symptom complex — include:

Facial pressure or tightness
Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
Chest pain

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There may be too much at stake to risk using MSG.

Researchers, however, have found no link between these symptoms and MSG. Researchers believe that a small percentage of people may have some reactions to MSG. These reactions are mild, short term, and do not require treatment.

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My Two Cents Worth:

My overall position on chemicals, manufactured food additives, and food ingredients that are NOT natural, is that we should avoid them.   I suggest that you and I take a 'better safe than sorry approach' regarding non-natural food additives.  Although MSG is considered safe, and the evidence is lacking to condemn MSG, it is a chemical and I feel that  I should give it a  thumbs down.

Before you make up you mind and for more help on this issue, 
please read:  Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners and 
Five Food Additives You Should Avoid.

My friend, I thank you for reading and wish you success on your weight loss journey.

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