MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate, is a flavor enhancer for foods such as canned veggies, soups, and processed meat. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that’s “generally recognized as safe,” but its use remains controversial. Why is MSG so controversial?
According to www.mayoclinic.org, many anecdotes about MSG have been given with various symptoms to the additive. Some of these are; Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations), Chest pain, Nausea, Weakness and et cetera. No cases with MSG allergies have been fatal, and many researchers can’t link MSG to any of these symptoms, however it is recommended to avoid MSG if you have the allergy. Another site which counterattacks this argument is www.nbci.nih.gov. This site explains extensively the causes, chemical reactions, and effects of MSG.
Many site and professionals recommend that your sodium intake be less than 2,300 mg a day, but MSG should never have a daily intake amount, rather an occasional thing to enjoy. Be sure to check with a doctor to see if you have this allergy, as it can be fatal even in small amounts.