Foods that are Rich in Umami Taste Have “Natural” MSG

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A recent article in Business Insider, noting that monosodium glutamate (MSG) occurs naturally in many flavorful foods, poses the question, “How do you get free glutamates in your food naturally?”

The article explains: “Monosodium glutamate is a powerful flavor enhancer that, despite what you may have heard, is widely accepted in the scientific community as a safe additive. In fact, MSG or other ‘free glutamates’ occur naturally in many of the most flavorful foods, some of which have been used to enhance flavor in cooking for millennia.”

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine | Book Review

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Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine is the tastiest version of American history you can experience. Author, Sarah Lohman, explores U.S. multiculturalism through the origins of the favorite tastes that makes our food quintessentially “American.”

“Everyone Should Be Cooking with MSG”

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To many people, cooking with MSG (monosodium glutamate) and other strange sounding ingredients may seem like something to avoid. But according to food scientist and author Steve Witherly, who was profiled in a recent Business Insider article, MSG is perfectly safe.

Why Is MSG Gluten Free?

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Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are real health issues that can cause significant discomfort and physical damage. For people with these conditions, following a gluten-free diet is a medical necessity, not just a fad. Some people choose a gluten-free lifestyle for other reasons, such as helping them focus more on consuming whole foods and fewer processed foods. In any case, people who avoid gluten-containing foods get used to reading lots of food labels. Checking ingredient lists and allergen statements on food packaging is essential in order to really know if a food is gluten-free or not.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a gluten-free ingredient. Nevertheless, confusion about its gluten-free status is understandable for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that the words “gluten” and “glutamate” both start with the same letters and sound quite similar (due to the beginning “gloot” sound).

Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Rooster

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Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the lunar New Year. The Asian New Year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February, due to cyclical lunar dating. On the Western calendar, the start of this New Year falls on January 28, 2017, The Year of the Rooster. On the Chinese calendar, 2017 is Lunar Year 4712.

As always, the New Year is marked with symbols of hope and prosperity, and of course, sumptuous food. For good luck and good fortune—or just plain good fun—here are some customs and foods to celebrate the coming year.