Below are several useful links to resources about MSG benefits, the role of glutamate in food and in the human body, as well as background on umami (the fifth taste).

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA – Questions and Answers on MSG
The latest edition of the FDA’s Q&As on monosodium glutamate underlines the fact that, not only is MSG safe, it also occurs naturally in foods we consume regularly and in our bodies. The FDA also reminds food manufacturers that it is not permitted to label products “No MSG” or “No Added MSG” if they contain any ingredient which contains glutamate naturally. More

International Food Information Council (IFIC)

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): From A to UmamiIFIC logo
This review by the International Food Information Council includes Fast Facts about MSG and a Fact Sheet which has been reviewed by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

The Fifth Taste Discovering Umami
This article explains that the discovery of “umami” in foods (also known as our fifth taste) has led to the development of many products and ingredients that offer a savory and appealing taste, providing a broader range of options for consumers to enjoy.

Glutamate and Monosodium Glutamate: Examining the Myths
This review examines the scientific research conducted on glutamate and MSG.

Umami Information Center (UIC)

Umami Info Center logoThe Umami Information Center presents factual and updated information about umami as a basic taste.
Go to the Umami Information Center site.

International Glutamate Information Service (IGIS)

Intl Glutamate Info Service logoUp-to-date information about monosodium glutamate and umami,
including the flavor and taste of glutamate and its nutritional benefits.
Go to the International Glutamate Information Service site

MSGdish Blog

MSG blogMSGdish hosts a broad array of information about umami, glutamate, and MSG, as well as tidbits about food, taste and health.
Visit the MSGdish blog

MSG and Umami in the News

MSG in the newsLinks to media stories featuring MSG and Umami can be found here.
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