Debunking the Myth: Is MSG Bad for You?

Is MSG bad for you

MSG has been a topic of discussion for years, but is it really as bad as some people make it out to be? Josh King has the answer (@abridgetoland). Source: USA Today

An excerpt:

“In the largest double-blind placebo study ever, researchers couldn’t get close to reproducing negative reactions to MSG.”

As noted in the video, “keep in mind, Chinese food contains a bunch of spices” which you could be sensitive to, especially if you don’t eat them very often.

“So about that Chinese food… the MSG isn’t going to be a problem,” the reporter concludes.


What’s the Deal with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

“What’s the Deal with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?” is a fast-paced, hip animation video that leaves just about everyone a bit smarter when it comes to what excites our palate and how we experience taste. And in the process, this short video dispels many of the urban myths that have plagued the common food ingredient known as MSG.

The animation also makes the link between umami, the fifth basic taste that’s ignited a food craze sweeping the globe, and glutamate, the most common amino acid in our diets. As explained in the video, glutamate is one of the main umami triggers in our food. And monosodium glutamate, also known as glutamate seasoning, is an easy way to add the pure taste of umami to food.

“What’s great about this video is that when it’s done you’ve actually learned something important about food and what our bodies do with it,” said Lisa Watson, executive director of The Glutamate Association and a nutritionist by training. “It gives you the grounding to figure out on your own whether those things you read on the Internet are factual or not.”

This short video is being distributed by The Glutamate Association, and aims to lay out facts and dispel common myths about MSG. Please feel free to share it with your social circles!

For more videos about MSG, glutamate, umami and savory foods, visit the MSGdish YouTube Channel.

The Truth About MSG

MSG Truth Video

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is delicious… and misunderstood.

Check out “The Truth about MSG” in this BuzzFeed video!:

According to BuzzFeed,

“Now this may sound crazy – feel free to disagree – but what if MSG isn’t actually all that bad for you?

“As hard as it is to believe, there’s basically zero science to successfully connect MSG to any harmful side effects. Plus, the FDA says it’s “generally safe to eat”–it is legal, after all. Looks like MSG may just be a misunderstood friend.

“Surprisingly, tomatoes, soy extract and yeast extract all naturally have MSG in them. Glutamate (an element in MSG) is also in a ton of the things we eat all the time, including breast milk and dried mushrooms. So maybe it isn’t so bad?

“Check out the video above to learn more about it.”

BuzzFeed is a cross-platform, global network for news and entertainment that generates seven billion views each month. BuzzFeed creates and distributes content for a global audience and utilizes proprietary technology to continuously test, learn and optimize.

Food Unwrapped Documentary: Are alarming headlines about MSG justified?

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MSG is Made from Natural Ingredients | Food Unwrapped

Food Unwrapped, the British television documentary series, in its season 6 premiere, addressed the question: “Are alarming headlines about MSG justified?”

The journalists conclude:

“When it is monosodium glutamate (as an additive to foods) you should use the same sort of wisdom as you do when using table salt. At that point you are using MSG at the right levels within the food. There have been more than 80 scientific studies into MSG over the last 30 years and the overwhelming consensus is that MSG is safe to eat.”

Food Unwrapped is broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK, and the YouTube channel is called “Food Unwrapped.” The Food Unwrapped series attempts to find out how our food is really made and the industry secrets behind our favorite foods. 


Is MSG Bad for You? – MSG Safety Video

is MSG bad for you

MSG Safety Video

“Is MSG Bad for You?” video from the American Chemical Society: 

“Few ingredients come with as much baggage as monosodium glutamate. More commonly known as MSG, the compound has had a bad reputation for nearly 50 years, so we at Reactions felt it was time to clear its name. In this video, we debunk MSG myths and explain why the scientific consensus is that this flavor enhancer, known for its savory umami flavor, is perfectly safe for the vast majority of people.”

The video is available at

Note: The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

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