Jan 17 2011

What is MSG?

Category: Cooking & Food


MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a flavoring additive, with no nutritional value, that is typically found in fast food and commercially packaged food products such as chips, soups, lunch meats, and many others. MSG is basically a salt that is synthetically created from glutamic acid, a non-essential amino acid. It is completely tasteless but it has been reported to stimulate certain flavor receptors. It is also considered safe according the Food and Drug Administration; however this claim is often debatable.

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