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looks like I need more MSG July 27, 2010

Posted by lumierre9 in chit-chat, useful information.

since i came to japan, i rarely use MSG anymore, because it’s rather expensive here, and also because a lot of people says that it’s bad for our health, so i tried not to use it…and today my mom mailed me and asked about the study of MSG here, like how is the effects, good and bad points about MSG, etc…so i did some research on it through the www, and i found some articles…one of them gives conclusions as follows…

1. The MSC (MSG symptom complex) is an unpleasant reaction that results from the consumption of fairly large amounts of MSG. As many as 30% of people may be susceptible to this symptom complex if large amounts of MSG (5g or more) are consumed on an empty stomach in a liquid (usually a brothy soup). The MSC generally lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and rarely as long as one hour.

2. The MSC can be avoided in most cases if a high carbohydrate food is consumed before or with the MSG or if the total amount of MSG consumed at one meal is no more than 2g in a liquid. If the MSG intake is limited to 2g or less and/or consumed with solid foods no one has been shown to experience the MSC even though many people have been tested in carefully controlled studies.

3. Claims that MSG causes neurological damage in the fetus, newborns, or adults are without scientific merit. Claims that MSG causes Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) are specious.

4. Claims that MSG causes allergic reactions or bronchospasm in people with asthma have not been demonstrated in properly designed and blinded studies. People who believe MSG causes heir asthmatic symptoms should be tested in a blinded fashion with capsule containing MSG or a placebo. Believing that MSG is causing asthmatic symptoms may discourage people from seeking the true allergens or environmental stressors that are triggering the bronchospasm.

5. The same amount of sodium consumed as MSG is far less toxic to the body than an equivalent amount from salt. Avoiding MSG could contribute to an increased salt intake. Replacing salt with MSG (tsp for tsp) may help prevent or lower high blood pressure. It would also reduce the loss of calcium in the urine and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones.

6. Replacing salt with MSG may also reduce the risk of stomach and esophageal cancer. By preventing HTN, replacing salt with MSG may also reduce the risk of kidney cancer.

7. There is a lot of irrational fear and concern about the use of MSG as a food additive in America. This fear is largely the result of unsubstantiated claims of health problems blamed on MSG. It seems likely that nearly all of the serious health problems and most of the unusual symptoms, which are believed to be caused by MSG, are due either to something else or are psychosomatic in origin. The irrational fear many people now have about consuming even small amounts of MSG is largely the result of a well-orchestrated campaign of food terrorism.

8. Believing that small amounts of MSG consumed with solid foods can cause symptoms like heart palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness and chest pain may lead some people to dismiss symptoms of a heart attack as simply an adverse reaction to MSG. This could be a fatal error. Chest pain or tightness that is not accompanied by flushing or burning sensations is unlikely to be related to MSG intake.

9. There is better evidence linking salt intake to headaches, including migraines than there is linking headaches to MSG intake.

source: http://foodandhealth.com/cpecourses/msg.php

and my problem lies in number 5…every time i cook, since i don’t use MSG, indeed i use more salt for my food, and i just knew that it’s not good, better to use MSG together to reduce the salt usage…so i think i need more MSG from now on 😀



1. Risiana - July 27, 2010

reduce salt usage and don’t use MSG. you had cooked your food with too much salt :p

lumierre9 - July 29, 2010

it’ll be tasteless :p

2. Andora - July 28, 2010

that’s why most Japanese foods are tasteless compared with Indonesian one, yet the Japanese has the longest lifespan in the world

lumierre9 - July 29, 2010

you mean with the usage of MSG?

3. gadis_tropis - September 14, 2010

r u trying to promote msg? lol 😛
thx infonya. wah gw baru tau klo asupan garam ada hubungannya dengan sakit kepala..
dipikir2 gw jg ga tau persisnya kenapa msg dihindari. karsinogenik gtu? *tar kapan2 googling jg ah*

lumierre9 - September 15, 2010

hahaha…ngga juga…cuma karena selama ini MSG imagenya jelek aja…iya pada bilang penyebab kanker gt kan…padahal ternyata ngga jg…

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