How Safe is MSG to Consume?


MSG Health TipsControversy over the consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG) or food flavoring never ends. The glutamate industry association insisted  MSG is safe for the body but health experts on the contrary never stop reminding the danger of MSG.

Industry players say the artificial glutamate MSG is no different with natural glutamate ingested when eating foods that contain protein.

They said for a example half a teaspoon of MSG in every 1 pound of meat contains less than 10 percent of existing natural glutamate content in chicken meat.

So, is consumption of MSG really safe for your body?

As quoted from herbsspices, Monday (11/4/2010), the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledge MSG as safe a product as safe as salt, pepper and sugar.

Glutamate industry association cited the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) that MSG’s safe consumption limit is 1 / 3 ounce per day or 9.45 grams per day.

But as reported by, MSG has side effects for children and adults. MSG contain no nutritional value and could only improve flavor of food.

MSG is also included in the excitotoxin or neurotoxins category which have degenerative effect on damaging the brain and nervous system.

MSG is made by using artificial processes that break down and alter glutamate binds to the free forms. This free glutamate can enter the bloodstream 10 times faster than natural glutamate.

Effects of MSG and excitotoxins cause people to eat again after a meal of foods containing MSG because MSG and excitotoxins trigger the effects of insulin, adrenaline, storing fat, and addiction to eating.

As quoted from eHow, Monday (12/4/2010) there are some side effects that may arise after consuming MSG, namely:

1. Burning sensation or numbness in the back of the neck and chest
2. Nausea
3. Shortness of breath
4. Chest pain
5. Thirst and dry mouth
6. Dizziness
7. Drowsiness
8. And the desire to eat other foods.

Reactions to MSG may occur at any time, some can feel immediate effect after consuming but others could only feel the effect until two days later.

Another effects of MSG in children is that it can trigger asthma attacks, people with asthma should avoid the use of MSG.

Glutamate acid contained in MSG is a neurotransmitter that can evoke feelings of the nervous system. In certain situations can lead to neurological problems such as mood changes, becoming confused and migraine.

Based on laboratory studies on a mouse, an increase chance of obesity due to consumption of MSG was found. MSG inside the mouse has a risk three times the amount of insulin in the pancreas that lead to obesity. This report is called Sensory And Autonomic Nerve Changes In The Msg-Treated Rat: A Model Of Type II Diabetesmade by researchers from the UAE University.

There are quite a lot of MSG in many foods such as snacks, foods that can be durable or on foods that are sold freely, so it is difficult to be avoided totally.

Sometimes the producers don’t write MSG in their food labels. But writes it with another name like glutamate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, hydrolyzed protein, textured protein, gelatino.

Consumers who must decide whether it is beneficial or harmful because MSG is still allowed in food and is considered safe.

But if MSG makes you feel uncomfortable and cause unpleasant symptoms, you should no longer use MSG.

How Safe is MSG to Consume?