Andrew Papenheim ●Hour 4<br />MSG Demystified<br />
Monosodium Glutamate<br />MSG has no flavor on its own.<br />It is marketed as a “flavor enhancer”.<br />For packaged food...
History<br />MSG was first discovered in 1908 by Ajinomoto.<br />It was first synthesized from seaweed.<br />MSG rapidly g...
controversy<br />In the 60s, people began reporting headaches and chest pain after eating in Chinese restaurants. This was...
…but wait there’s more<br />Some people believe to have discovered links between MSG and everything from autism to asthma....
Foods high in msg<br />Common culprits<br />
Conclusion<br />We have yet to see the final word written on MSG, even after over a century of research and scrutiny.<br /...
Sources<br />http://fda.gov/food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/ucm094211.htm<br />http://webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-abou...
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  1. 1. Andrew Papenheim ●Hour 4<br />MSG Demystified<br />
  2. 2. Monosodium Glutamate<br />MSG has no flavor on its own.<br />It is marketed as a “flavor enhancer”.<br />For packaged foods, this means that manufacturers can get away with using lower quality ingredients.<br />1.1 million tons of MSG are consumed annually.<br />It’s use in food has been a subject of controversy for over a century.<br />Glutamate naturally occurs in soybeans, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.<br />
  3. 3. History<br />MSG was first discovered in 1908 by Ajinomoto.<br />It was first synthesized from seaweed.<br />MSG rapidly gained popularity throughout Japan.<br />Nowadays, MSG is no longer produced naturally and is heavily processed.<br />MSG has grown from a flavoring curiosity into a trillion dollar industry around the world.<br />
  4. 4. controversy<br />In the 60s, people began reporting headaches and chest pain after eating in Chinese restaurants. This was linked to the copious amounts of MSG in Chinese food.<br />This began a large trend of people avoiding foods containing MSG.<br />Most reputable studies these days have concluded that an actual sensitivity to MSG is very rare. Patients given placebos reported same symptoms.<br />
  5. 5. …but wait there’s more<br />Some people believe to have discovered links between MSG and everything from autism to asthma.<br />Others vehemently support MSG to the point of saying that it’s beneficial to one’s health.<br />Unfortunately, almost everyone who takes side in this argument is out to make money, and there is a genuine lack of independent research on MSG.<br />FDA concludes that MSG is safe for consumption at current dosage levels.<br />
  6. 6. Foods high in msg<br />Common culprits<br />
  7. 7. Conclusion<br />We have yet to see the final word written on MSG, even after over a century of research and scrutiny.<br />Some people claim that MSG is directly responsible for diseases and the obesity epidemic in the United States.<br />Nonetheless, the FDA and most regulatory agencies around the world agree that MSG is generally safe for human consumption at current levels.<br />Many people report feeling sensitive or allergic to MSG.<br />If you feel adverse reactions after consuming MSG, the best course of action may be to avoid foods containing it.<br />Avoiding MSG is not as easy as it sounds, the chemical represents a trillion dollar industry that produces well over a million tons of the stuff each year.<br />
  8. 8. Sources<br />http://fda.gov/food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/ucm094211.htm<br />http://webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about -seven-common-food-additives/<br />http://pubs.acs.org/whatstuff/stuff/8130sci3.html<br />http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Everything_You_Need_To_Know_About_Glutamate_And_Monosodium_Glutamate<br />http://cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.html<br />
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