Donít Let Flavor Get You Down

Donít Let Flavor Get You Down MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a commonly used flavor enhancer, especially for Asian inspired dishes. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests long-term MSG consumption can add body weight independent of calories and energy balance. Between 1991 and 2006, researchers analyzed the dining habits of 10,095 healthy Chinese adults aged 18 to 65. They found those who consumed the largest amounts of MSG (an average of 5 grams per day) were 33% more likely to become overweight than those who held MSG intake to less than 1 gram daily.

True Strength Moment: If you frequent restaurants that feature Asian style cuisine, you've probably heard patrons request "no MSG" when ordering. Weight gain might not be their reason for insisting those flavor enhancers not be used in meal preparation, but it's something to consider. When food is prepared close to its original natural state, it's generally healthier and more nutrient rich when it arrives tableside.
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Aug 23, 2011
Keep it coming, wrirtes, this is good stuff.