Clearing Up Common MSG Myths & Misconceptions

MSG Myths & Misconceptions

It’s time to address some common MSG myths and misconceptions. Let’s get straight to it:

MSG MYTHS

Myth: MSG is not natural.

Fact: MSG is a purified form of naturally occurring glutamate. Because glutamate doesn’t like to be alone, sodium is added to make it more stable. While this particular combination of sodium and glutamate may not be found in nature, sodium and glutamate are naturally everywhere.

#fakenewsMSG

is MSG safe

Before modern politics made “fake news” a household word, dietitians have long battled to contradict false headlines. Practically everyone with an internet connection has seen #fakenews nutrition and food stories; those links – often posted on social media by well-meaning friends – claiming that what we eat is filled with risky chemicals and banned in every nation but our own.

MSG has not been spared from incorrect headlines. When searching online, I found monosodium glutamate falsely linked to many health conditions including hormonal imbalances, weight gain, brain damage, obesity, headaches – and more. This is all #fakenewsMSG.

Key to a Low Sodium Diet? MSG

low sodium diet

My husband was advised by his doctor to reduce his sodium intake. Both his cardiologist and his dietitian wife warned him that consuming excess sodium can result in fluid buildup, thereby increasing blood volume, which could then make his heart have to work harder.

Kitchen Pizzazz (Q&A with Chef Chris): Tips & Tricks to Cook Like a Pro

Cooking and baking artistry has exploded on television and social media in the last decade. But we’re not all Gordon Ramsay, Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart or Chris Koetke. So how do we add some pizzazz in our dishes to look like we cook like a pro? MSGdish got Chef Koetke to chat with us about how to seem like a pro in the kitchen.

A Fusion of Three Trends Delivers Umami, the Fifth Taste

Umami - 5th Taste

Three trends: the popularity of food trucks, the use of social media and a focus on Asian cuisines have combined to deliver food with savory umami flavors.

The interest in Asian foods continues unabated with renewed focus on Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisines as well as new takes on traditional Chinese and Japanese dishes. Asian cooking, especially Southeast Asian with bright flavors, fresh herbs and umami taste delivering ingredients are popular on food truck menus. Vast numbers of food trucks serve a wide variety of Asian foods, with dishes that are innovative and often a fusion of different Asian (and other) food cultures.