There are several restaurants in Los Angeles that post "No MSG" in their window. I didn't really know what MSG was, I just knew that it was supposed to be bad. When I looked it up, I discovered that MSG is also known as monosodium glutamate. It's a form of glutamic acid that adds flavor to food and, basically, encourages the person who's eating to continue eating. Due to the chemical reaction in the body, you don't feel as full as you would if MSG would not present, causing you to crave more food.
In lab rats, it has shown to cause health problems but very few instances have been proven in humans - although there is a list of some side effects MSG can cause.
So, interesting. I guess this would mean if there's a restaurant that you continuously crave or never seem to get enough of... they might be using MSG. Just ask. The FDA requires the ingredient to be revealed if it's being used.
I know. I was surprised to learn that not only do restaurants use the MSG, like I had heard, but all sorts of snack foods. Things like potato chips, especially. So, before you dive in there and think you're giving yourself a naughty treat, read the label. You might be giving your body something it may be craving but cravings certainly don't mean that something's good!
personally, i like MSG as is, without that pesky "food" thats its in... there's nothing better than sitting down on the couch, watching your favorite show, and munching down on a bag of MSG.... mmm'mmmmm... delicious :)
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