10 Reasons to Season with MSG

Tasting MSG

Much has been said regarding the need to learn to season foods in a way that helps people eat healthy and appetizing foods. It is said that seasoning food is an art that is developed with much practice in the kitchen.

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While the vast majority of people, including expert chefs and cooks, tend to flavor with salt, they are unaware that there are many ways to season with less salt and achieve a delicious flavor.

season with MSGAn excellent seasoning that we are familiar with is MSG (monosodium glutamate). Unfortunately, many people fear MSG because of the rumors / messages they have heard from friends and family. But I want to assure you that this excellent seasoning is safe and effective in the kitchen.

Next, I want to share 10 reasons to season with MSG — why MSG should be in every kitchen:

  1. MSG is simply a combination of the amino acid glutamate plus a small amount of sodium, making it a flavorful seasoning with two-thirds less sodium than table salt.
  2. The amino acid glutamate is produced naturally by the body on a daily basis.
  3. There are many foods that naturally contain glutamate including various types of meat, fish, cheese and vegetables.
  4. MSG is safe and effective for daily use in kitchens. It can also help you consume less salt.
  5. MSG is used in a wide variety of tasty foods to create a smooth, full-bodied taste.
  6. Glutamate is responsible for the umami seasoning.
  7. MSG is the umami seasoning in its pure and simple form.
  8. Glutamate, like sodium, is found naturally in many foods that we eat every day and have used for decades. Some foods that naturally contain glutamate:
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Walnuts
  • Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses
  • Cured ham
  • Grape juice
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  1. As we age, our taste buds and food preferences change, which can lead to a poorer diet. Glutamate can be of great help in the diet of the elderly, making many foods more palatable and enjoyable.
  2. Recent research shows that umami may have a promising role in the battle against obesity. The umami flavor seems to promote feelings of fullness, helping to curb appetite.

Make MSG (umami seasoning) part of your kitchen, your family will thank you.

Here I share my favorite soup this fall season:

Pumpkin Soup with Apple and Fall Spices

Sopa de Calabaza

 

Pumpkin Soup with Apple and Fall Spices

This delicious soup is perfect for the fall season.
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine American, Spanish
Servings 6
Author Sylvia Klinger, DBA, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion minced
  • 3 ½ cups unsalted vegetable broth
  • 1 can 15 ounces pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. umami seasoning (MSG)
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, add the onion, and cook 3 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the soup before serving, if desired.

Recipe Notes

View this recipe in Spanish.

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About Sylvia Klinger, DBA, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

La Dra. Sylvia Klinger es una experta en nutrición reconocida internacionalmente. Vive apasionada por ayudar a las personas a enamorarse del proceso de crear y disfrutar de comidas deliciosas y nutritivas. Como profesional en comunicaciones de alimentos y nutrición, la Dra. Klinger es una profesora de nutrición global, autora galardonada y fundadora de Hispanic Food Communications. Su origen hispano exalta su pasión por la nutrición, lo que la lleva a empoderar y alentar a los miembros de su comunidad a través de los alimentos que disfrutan en sus cocinas. Su última publicación, El Pequeño Libro Para Comer Saludable, se publicó en 2018 en español e inglés.

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