Yesterday, we published a really interesting article on MSG, or technically known as Monosodium Glutamate. Prior to editing this article ready for publication, I must admit that I knew very little about MSG. I did find this article really interesting, so I wanted to blog about some important points raised within the article.
I guess it's fairly common knowledge that MSG is associated with "Chinese food"...but is MSG safe to consume in your diet?
Interestingly, MSG was discovered at the turn of the twentieth century in Japan. So this particular molecular compound has been around for a little while. It was actually first made by boiling dried kombu seaweed.
In 1968, MSG began to obtain it's bad reputation when the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on what was referred to as "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome", which began the bad stigma of MSG today.
Here's the thing - MSG is a natural substance. As I mentioned above, it was derived initially by boiling seaweed. But MSG is found in a variety of foods naturally, such as grape juice, peas, beef and walnuts.
To date, there is no conclusive evidence that does suggest that MSG is dangerous. That doesn't mean that it isn't dangerous - it just means that we don't know whether MSG is or isn't safe to consume in your diet.
Much like artificial sweeteners, consuming MSG will come down to personal preference. It is used in a variety of foods, so if you do make the choice not to consume it, I do recommend that you read the full article. Within the article, we have listed a range of aliases used on food products that are the equivalent of MSG.
The full article is here:
The Truth About MSG - Is MSG Dangerous?