MSG safety

Hi Ron
I want to know the safety of monosodium gultamte as an additive incooking.I have been reading that MSG produces glutamate toxicity and produces metaboic disturbance in childeren and is one of the cause of obesity health problems . How true is this. Could u help me clear this point

The recipe called for 1/4 teaspoon of MSG. That is not enough to be harmful. You can read the facts about at

Most people eat MSG everyday and don’t even know it. It’s in many popular foods such as:

The following foods contain MSG or its business end - the free amino acid glutamate - in amounts large enough to cause reactions in those sensitive to it.:

Taco Bell® - seasoned meat - contains autolyzed yeast - which contains free glutamate
Other menu items that contain soy sauce, natural flavors, autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein which can contain up to 20% free glutamic acid - the active part of MSG.
Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles® (targeted towards children)
Campbell’s® soups - all of them - based on their commitment to add “umami” (read - MSG) to their products
Pringles® (the flavored varieties)
Boar’s Head® cold cuts and most of their hotdogs
Progresso® Soups - all of them
Lipton® Noodles and Sauce
Lipton® Instant soup mix
Unilever or Knorr® products - often used in homemade Veggie dips.
Kraft® products nearly all contain some free glutamate
Gravy Master®
Cup-a-soup® or Cup-o-Noodles®
Planters® salted nuts - most of them
Accent® -this is nearly pure MSG
Braggs® Liquid Aminos - sold at Whole Foods
Hodgson Mill Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour®
Tangle extract (seaweed extract) - found in sushi rolls (even at Whole Foods) Seaweed is what MSG was first isolated from.
Fish extract - made from decomposed fish protein - used now in Japanese sushi dishes - very high in free glutamate.
sausages - most supermarkets add MSG to theirs
processed cheese spread
supermarket poultry or turkeys that are injected or “self-basting”
restaurant gravy from food service cans
flavored ramen noodles
boullion - any kind
instant soup mixes
many salad dressings
most salty, powdered dry food mixes - read labels
flavored potato chips
restaurant soups made from food service soup base or with added MSG
monopotassium glutamate
glutamic acid
hydrolyzed vegetable protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
hydrolyzed plant protein (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, like canned tuna and even hot dogs)
autolyzed yeast (found in many processed AMERICAN foods, read labels)
sodium caseinate
textured protein
beet juice - it is used as a coloring, but MSG is manufactured from beets and the extract may contain free glutamic acid - Yo Baby - organic baby yogurt has just changed the formula to include beet extract
yeast extract
yeast food or nutrient
soy protein isolate
soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Kombu extract
dry milk and whey powder
“natural flavors” - may contain up to 20% MSG
dough conditioners
malted barley
malted barley flour - found in many supermarket breads and all-purpose flours including: King Arthur, Heckers, and Gold Medal flour
body builder drink powders containing protein
Parmesan cheese - naturally high in free glutamate
over-ripe tomatoes - naturally high in free glutamate
mushrooms - naturally high in free glutamate
Medications in gelcaps - contain free glutamic acid in the gelatin
Cosmetics and shampoos - some now contain glutamic acid
Fresh produce sprayed with Auxigro in the field.

Someone wrote a book called “In Bad Taste” about MSG. Its made from water
washed off dirty beets, and dehydrated, and is a cheap substitute for salt. Go to your local library, and ask for it. Its not a thick book, but about 1/2 " thick.
Very informative.