Sound familiar? If not, that’s because you know it as MSG.
However, exactly what is MSG?
We’ll break it down. MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid and is used by the food industry to enhance the flavour of savoury and meaty food and often hides under the following names….
- Monosodium glutamate or sodium glutamate
- Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate
- Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
- L-Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
- L-Monosodium glutamate monohydrate
- Monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate
- MSG monohydrate
- Sodium glutamate monohydrate
So, is it bad for you?
The scientific powers-that-be tell us that it’s safe when consumed in moderation, but is it really?
Well, that all depends on who you are.
A recent study conducted by Live Science reveals that folks with irritable bowel syndrome should avoid it at all costs and that those suffering from symptoms like headache, bowel disturbance, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction should consider removing it from their diets.
Our advice? Keep a close eye on your meals and be sure that you’re sure about what’s been used to make them.