Monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, is an amino acid found in meat, dairy, and produce, that was very slightly modified in order to make it into a convenient powder. The body metabolizes naturally-occurring glutamate the same way it does MSG.

Some people claim to be “allergic” and have bad reactions to MSG, but there haven’t been any studies that definitively show MSG as the cause of those symptoms under regular conditions. MSG is perfectly safe for most people in moderation, and its use to add flavor to food shouldn’t raise any more eyebrows than those who use salt and/or pepper.


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