Ajinomoto also known as MSG ( Monosodium Glutamate) is a world famous food enhancer. It basically enhances the taste of food and is used in almost all types of Chinese foods. But nowadays the consumption rate has decreased due to it’s so called side effects.
Presently other then Chinese foods Ajinomoto or Monosodium Glutamate is used in big food brands like KFC, CHICK-FIL-A, BURGER KING and other fast food companies. It basically enriches the food taste.
As a result we are consuming MSG on an excessive scale everyday.
But the foodies nowadays fear the presence of Ajinomoto in food due to it’s several adverse health reactions caused by it which is NOT OFFICIALY PROVEN.
Ajinomoto – What is it?
The Ajinomoto or MSG is UMAMI at it’s purest form. The monosodium glutamate is an amino acid that the human body can synthesize , but that we also get from our food. Like other amino acids, glutamate is an important building block for protein. And it also helps nerve cells to send signals to other parts of the body.
Unofficial side effects of Ajinomoto or MSG
Since doctors say MSG or Ajinomoto is not 100% safe, some people can experience a mild adverse reaction when they eat a lot of Ajinomoto. Adverse effects may include this side effects.
- MSG can cause problem in metabolic activities of the body.
- MSG can also act as a contributing factor in diabetes.
- It may cause mild fever, also known as Chinese restaurant syndrome.
- It also can lead to chest pain.
What is UMAMI?
The taste of MSG is not clear. Some say it is tasteless. But the taste of MSG is regarded as UMAMI which means ”yummy” or “savory”.
MSG or Ajinomoto is not at all harmful
A 1968’s letter regarding Chinese restaurant syndrome, a journal headlined it. The doctor describes the syndrome as, “After 15-20 minutes of having the food caused him palpitation and mild fever”.
But does anybody know what are the sources of this pages?
Well let me clarify it.
This was not the exact research of the journal, instead it was a post in a reedit channel r/medicine. This was a place where doctors used to share their ideas and also used to crack jokes out here.
So where exactly is the proof of Ajinomoto or MSG being harmful for health?
Another report prepared by the US food and drug administration during the 1995’s claimed that a small number of people experienced palpitation, headache, chest pain, asthma after consuming 3 grams or more amount of msg without food in empty stomach.
3grams of msg is a huge volume. And that amount is not what you are consuming even in a month.
Sometimes they say MSG has a direct connection to obesity. Yes, maybe it has, since it makes terrible junk food taste great. The problem here is junk food not Ajinomoto or MSG.
MSG is nothing but a taste enhancer
Add some amount of msg to tomato sauce to make it a bit spicier or giving it a scintillating taste. But u won’t find any difference in taste.
Again try adding MSG in a mushroom stalk, it won’t change the taste at all.
Because MSG does not change the taste of a food that already has a good taste to it.
But add MSG to a pack of chips ( plain chips) it will turn into a Dorito.
”Science is beautiful”
So finally we can be safe about this fact that Ajinomoto is harmless for foods that we consume in our daily life but if taken up in a huge amount without any combinations may cause certain syndromes. But again it is a “may”.