Instant Information On MSG or MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE
Monosodium glutamate, aka MSG, sodium glutamate, caramel color, natural spice, natural flavor, etc is a naturally occurring non-essential glutamic acid. MSG is used to enhance flavor and in that regard, may be mildly addictive. It is in most soy sauces, jerky products, and Chinese cooking. It may be consumed in large quantities in Chinese or Asian food, causing nervousness or a “buzz”.
Many people are intolerant or actually allergic to MSG as it is a known excitotoxin. Side effects range from the mild lightheadedness or disorientation to itching, hives, nausea, migraine headache within minutes or hours. In severe reactions there can be difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and/or throat, swelling of lips or tongue, choking, rapid or irregular heart beat, and loss of consciousness.
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