MSG is one of those ingredients that has been associated with improving the taste of food. The terminology for this additive is Monosodium Glutamate and as the name implies it is invariably full of sodium. Depending on your point of view, MSG can be a life saver or a problem for your health. Users with issues in the area of hypertension or other problems dealing with the heart should probably refrain from using MSG, or at the very least, control the intake. Many of the foods that you purchase at restaurants and fast foods already come with MSG included in their preparation. Here are a few more things you should know about using MSG.
Many people go through life consuming their food simply because they have to. It has been confirmed that the introduction of sodium to a meal can improve the way it tastes. With that in mind, manufacturers have decided to include MSG in many of their food preparation habits. This has had a twofold effect, the first being an increased demand for the food with Monosodium Glutamate added to it. With that renewed appreciation for these foods, the user has been encouraged to increase their appetite, an action that could be especially good when someone has a low appreciation for food.
It is important to note that even though it can be acquired, MSG is not primarily sold in its pure form. Studies have shown that people who fail to read their labels generally miss the fact that the foods they are consuming has the product included in it. Some of the products that contain MSG are Ajinomoto and Accent. Pure or mixed MSG ingredients that may be included with the foods you purchase are Sodium 2-aminobenzenestibonate, UNII-W81N5U6R6U and either Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, or monohydrate.
Anyone who attempted to taste MSG in its purest form would agree that there is nothing inviting about the food additive. In order to achieve any immediate benefit from MSG it needs to be added to a food product. Studies have confirmed that it is the combination of MSG and the food item that it has been mixed with that generates the trigger. On the upside, MSG can work towards helping the user reduce the amount of sodium in their diet, a fact that could make it a preferred choice for people addicted to salt who suffer with hypertension.
Most people who encounter MSG in their food may not even realize it, so much so that they may not understand that there have been some consequences to using this product. For one thing, some studies have shown that excessive use of MSG may contribute to gain weight, information that will be particularly beneficial if someone chooses to start a diet. Further studies indicate that MSG actually confuses the brain into thinking that the food it is consuming is the best thing they ever had. When the brain is triggered by the excitotoxin that is MSG, there is a reaction similar to dopamine.
Some people use MSG and experience no side effects whatsoever, on the other hand; a variety of users have complained that they have adverse reactions such as diarrhea, drowsiness, anxiety and even chest pain. A few side effects that have reported to be a little more frequent would be stomach cramps and extreme fatigue. Some medical professionals suggest that people suffering with depression, expectant mothers and individuals who have a history of migraine headaches should avoid MSG. Users should remember that these side effects may not affect them; however, if they experience these symptoms they may need to discontinue using the product.