Commercial advantages of Monosodium Glutamate or MSG use to food industry includes enhanced food flavour, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste fresher and smell better, more tasty salad dressings, and less tinny canned foods. MSG has found its way into many products such as canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners, local supermarket and restaurants, in school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula. Another ingredient which is just another name for MSG is Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein. Continue reading “The hidden harmful ingredient – Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)”
Humans are born with five taste sensations: bitter, sweet, salty, sour and umami. Umami, a Japanese word that describes a meaty or savoury taste, is thought to be a fifth flavour. It is this umami flavour that is found in many Japanese foods, bacon and also in the food additive MSG. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of the common amino acid glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods and food such as tomatoes and cheeses.
In 1959, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labelled MSG as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), which allows its use in food products. However, its safety remained controversial and therefore, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label. Continue reading “Harmful effects of MSG”
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – Does this name ring a bell?
MSG was in news recently due to the ban on Maggi – one of the most popular brands in India! Apparently, Maggi contained more than permissible levels of MSG & lead which led to it getting banned at several places in India. (It has subsequently been relaunched after it passed the requisite lab tests)
Several scientific studies on obesity use rat models before testing on humans. Rats or mice strains are not naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. For this, they make use of MSG and inject it into them at birth to create these morbidly obese creatures called the “MSG-Treated Rats“. MSG triples the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas causing rats (and humans?) to become obese. Excess circulating insulin promotes fat storage in the body and also leads to insulin resistance. This insulin resistance is the leading cause for obesity and diabetes. No wonder these problems are manifesting at such an early age. Children are exposed to more and more processed foods these days which contain MSG in turn pushing them towards obesity and diabetes. Continue reading “How MSG is ruining your health?”