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What is MSG? Monosodium Glutamate Food Additive Ingredients, Health, and Use

Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, is a common food additive that serves as a stand-in for salt. MSG is also often known as a flavor enhancer, used to bring out the natural flavors in some foods. MSG sometimes has the same effect as pineapple, providing a faint buzz of the taste buds when consumed. MSG is usually created by fermenting carbohydrates. The FDA has concluded that MSG is a safe food additive for most people when not consumed in excessive quantities. MSG has been connected to certain adverse health effects, but no studies have been fully conclusive. MSG has been associated with causing drowsiness due to its effects as a neurotransmitter.

Disclaimer: While this food additive or ingredient may be currently acceptable according to the FDA standards, this may be subject to change in future. This article is for informational purposes only and does not condone the consumption of this substance. Excessive consumption may be dangerous.

by Susan White on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 14:20

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