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