Originally Posted by blahman
Yup, MSG is a great flavour enhancer and perfectly safe. Health risks associated with MSG is unsubstantiated and pretty much started by one guy who had a headache after eating Chinese food 30 years ago.
A lot of anti-MSG people actually consume MSG without knowing as companies use different terms now for it because of the negative perception. MSG is just about the safest additive you can put in your food and occur naturally in high quantities in seafood and cheeses and good old Vegemite.
I'm highly allergic to MSG and the misdirection of food manufactures has made my allergy very difficult to deal with. Within seconds of consuming MSG my mouth begins to swell and develop blisters. A few minutes later a migraine sets in and any amount of light becomes unbearable. These symptoms last for around 3 days and slowly start to fade afterwards. This means that if I accidently consume MSG, I'm unable to work and tend to other responsibilities for at least three days.
Over the years I've compiled a list of nearly 50 names that food companies use for MSG. The moment I learn that a company uses MSG in any of their products I avoid purchasing anything they produce. Shopping isn't easy and is for the most part limited to cooking all meals using basic ingredients.
With that being said, recently I began having reactions to some fruits purchased from major retail chains such as Wal-Mart, Food-Lion, and Bi-Lo. After researching the cause of these reactions I found that MSG is being used as a preservative that is sprayed upon the fruit after being picked.