Is MSG bad? “This flavor enhancer has a bad reputation that it does not deserve.”
“Now, though, most of those myths [which began in the 1960s] have been dispelled, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says MSG is “generally recognized as safe.” Global food-regulating bodies like the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) agree.”
Article published in the Cleveland Clinic website Health Essentials section, January 19, 2022.
Is MSG Actually Bad for You?
Author: Cleveland Clinic
More direct quotes from this article:
“It’s one of the most popular flavor enhancers in the world, but MSG — short for monosodium glutamate — has a marketing problem.
“In the late 1960s, the ingredient came under fire for allegedly being a toxic addition to some of your favorite foods, from soups and salad dressings to Chinese takeout and French fries. It became so stigmatized, in fact, that some restaurants started advertising that they’d cut MSG from their menu entirely.
“Since then, research has debunked the myth that MSG is a villainous ingredient, and research shows that in small amounts, it doesn’t cause any significant or lasting harm. Registered dietitian Beth Czerwony, RD, explains what MSG is, how it got such a bad rap and what we now know to be true about it.”
Read the full article here.
Related reading, from Prevention magazine: “Is MSG Actually Bad for You? Here’s What the Science Says”