MSG Facts

10 Things You Should Know about Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

10 Facts about the popular flavor enhancer, MSG (umami seasoning):

1

Glutamate is the purest taste of umami, the fifth basic taste. Umami taste receptors have a special affinity for free glutamate.
2

We consume between 10 and 20 grams of glutamate per day from our diet, of which glutamate from seasoning or condiments is less than 10%.
3

Monosodium glutamate is the sodium salt of amino acids found in protein-rich foods. It is found naturally in many foods and can also be added to foods to enhance flavor.
4

The body treats glutamate in exactly the same way whether comes from the food we eat or is added as seasoning.
5

Glutamate is important for healthy metabolism, however, most of the dietary glutamate we consume is used as fuel by the cells of the digestive system.
6

Increasing the umami taste in food by increasing the level of free glutamate can result in salt (sodium) and fat-reduced recipes which still taste satisfying.
7

Reducing salt by using MSG will reduce the sodium content of recipes, as MSG has two-thirds less sodium than table salt.
8

Only a small amount of added glutamate is required to optimize umami taste; using more won’t do you any harm but, as with salt, the food might not taste as good.
9

The extensive body of research which exists about glutamate has been reviewed by independent scientists and regulatory authorities around the world — all have found MSG to be safe.
10

Numerous well-conducted scientific studies confirm that MSG is not related to any adverse health outcomes and is safe for the general public to consume.