MSG May Enhance Flavor & Weight

Many restaurants use monosodium glutamate (MSG) to enhance the flavor of certain dishes. MSG excites neurotransmitters and nerves related to taste. To study the metabolic effects of this naturally occurring additive, researchers from the University of North Carolina traveled to China and examined the habits of 750 men and women living in rural villages. When allowances were made for caloric intake, physical activity and other factors, they found that heavy MSG users were 3 times more likely to be overweight than people who didn't use it for cooking.

The Bigger Picture: Back in 1950, Americans as a nation consumed about 1 million pounds of MSG. Today that modest amount has increased by a factor of 300. MSG is not restricted to restaurant fare, and is found in many types of processed grocery store foods. So if you want to avoid it, and the potential weight gain, prepare whole foods meals at home.
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Bradfordglaser@gmail.com
Jul 20, 2010
So do ON products contain MSG in any form?
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Bglaser
Jul 23, 2010
Do your products contain free glutamic acids?