USAGE OF MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) IS HARMFUL?

USAGE OF MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) IS HARMFUL?

Usages of Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) for taste purpose in the process food products.The permissible limit for MSG is 0.01 ppm. The following are alternative names for MSG.

Chemical names and identifiers

  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate
  • Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
  • L-Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
  • L-Monosodium glutamate monohydrate
  • Monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate
  • MSG monohydrate
  • Sodium glutamate monohydrate

Trade names

  • Accent
  • Ajinomoto,
  • Tasting Powder
  • Vetsin
  • Saz├│n

Here are some of the products that secretly pack MSG.

Powdered milk
Fat free milk
Ice cream 
Ready made and packaged curries

Mostly usages of MSG at fast food centres and Chinese restaurants in almost all their products.  The basic sensory function of MSG is attributed to its ability to enhance savory taste-active compounds when added in the proper concentration. The optimum concentration varies by food; in clear soup, the pleasure score rapidly falls with the addition of more than one gram of MSG per 100 ml. 

MSG can be used to reduce the intake of sodium, which contributes to hypertension, heart disease and stroke With appropriate MSG use, salt can be reduced by 30 to 40 percent without a perceived reduction in saltiness. there are a few sensitive people who get headaches or migraines when they eat it, weakness of arms and legs and upset stomach.


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Ahmed Moinuddin retired from his position as HR Manager in a top Indian Public Sector Organization. He holds Masters in Sciences and has versatile experience in managing people and departments. His passion is to share knowledge from the bucket of experiences he had over these years at personal and professional front.
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