10 Things You Should Know about Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
10 Facts about the popular flavor enhancer, MSG (umami seasoning):
1Glutamate is the purest taste of umami, the fifth basic taste. Umami taste receptors have a special affinity for free glutamate.
2We consume between 10 and 20 grams of glutamate per day from our diet, of which glutamate from seasoning or condiments is less than 10%.
3Monosodium 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.
4The body treats glutamate in exactly the same way whether comes from the food we eat or is added as seasoning.
5Glutamate is important for healthy metabolism, however, most of the dietary glutamate we consume is used as fuel by the cells of the digestive system.
6Increasing 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.
7Reducing salt by using MSG will reduce the sodium content of recipes, as MSG has two-thirds less sodium than table salt.
8Only a small amount of added glutamate is required to optimize the taste of umami; using more won’t do you any harm but, as with salt, the food might not taste as good.
9The 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.
10Numerous well-conducted scientific studies confirm that MSG is not related to any adverse health outcomes and is safe for the general public to consume.