Health myths about MSG, monosodium glutamate, and the gluten-free diets

MSG, monosodium glutamate, has an undeserved reputation among health fanatics from all over the world. Reactions explains what MSG is and why it should not be feared. MSG is a flavor enhances that is used to increase the sensation offered by the umami flavors.

MSG is the salt of l-glutamate, a substance present in vegetables and meat and is even created by our body during metabolism. L-glutamate gives the umami flavor in some vegetables like tomatoes or potatoes.

The MSG myth started in 1968 when the Chinese Food Syndrome myth started to roll out. It is said that a scientist described that the Chinese food gave him unpleasant after effects in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. That journal considered that MSG, found in some algae in the Chinese food, was the culprit.

MSG does not do anything to your body as it only enhances the taste. In any case, even if you use soy sauce you still eat l-glutamate so you won’t get away from it. So, MSG illness is a myth.

Also, check the info provided by Compound Chem about MSG:

Now, ever heard of gluten-free diets? I’m sure you did and this is why you won’t buy certain types of breads because they might have gluten. Well, most probably you won’t need to follow a gluten-free diet as gluten is not harmful at all. Very few people have issues with it. I mean very very few people:

Gluten-free diets won’t help you at all so stop following crappy advice you get from everywhere.

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