From the article: What is MSG? (Monosodium Glutamate)
Concerned About MSG in Food?
Are you worried about MSG in food? Have you ever experienced symptoms of MSG sensitivity, such as headache, rapid heartbeat or ringing ears? Or is it all in people's heads? Share your experiences.
Some of you people...
- It seems like there's a lot of confusion on here. Having an aversion to MSG due to being allergic to it is logical, but food poisoning, and other symptoms and stories on here are sound really far from being MSG's fault. Go to a doctor and stop trying to diagnose yourself.
- —Guest Jacob
- When I first left home and started feeding myself, I developed horrible hayfever symptoms...suffered for years, bedridden with fatigue and nosebleeds from sneezing. Doctors suspected a food additive; after careful research, I found the common denominator was MSG...pretty much everything I ate was loaded with it: canned soup, Ramen noodles, cheese or ranch flavored chips, dips, or salad dressing, mac&cheese...pretty much anything dairy that wasn't fresh or frozen. After getting the MSG out of my diet, my allergies were soon gone. I experimented several times, and one serving of food with MSG added would bring back allergies for a few days, obvious black and white connection. It's been 20 years now without allergies, but it's getting harder to tell what's in foods with the different names they use, and I am always scared to eat at a picnic or holday gathering. Doctors think I'm wacko when I tell them I'm allergic to MSG, and don't believe anything else I tell them after that.
- —Guest Dean
- I went through years of trial & error to figure out MSG was giving me terrible upset stomachs, and later on, migraines! When I thought I was avoiding all MSG, I kept having migraines, then figured out I was highly sensitive to all the "derivatives" also! If I don't know what it is, I don't eat it! Makes it very hard to go out but more restaurants (not chains), are starting to be aware of MSG & that helps!
- —Guest Pat
- Msg is no doubt one of the biggest contributing factor to my cluster headaches. I can't even stand the smell of Chinese food never have as long as ive lived so I'm not blaming that at all. So if you want to defend putting chemicals in all our food you should support meth as well.
- —Guest olny my expiriance
Since I stop eating foods with MSG
- Since elementary to high school I suffer pancreatic pain that requires me to take 2 tabs every after meal of antacid, Peptic Ulcer, Migraine, nightmare we call it here " Bangungut" including hemorrhoid as the Dr describe it. I notice that every time I go on Mountaineering activities. I didn't experience any of the symtoms .. So I conducted experiment on my own by eliminating foods one at a time from spices to fish etc.. The result is "MSG".. From that time on (1980) until now I"v never been to a Dr.(except Dentist) I retired from the Gov't service my Medicare was never been use for myself up to this date. I'm 66..I rather not eat for 3 days that having a good meal with MSG. maybe some can tolerate but in the long run no one can tell.. Many of my friends who extensively use it, died with colon cancer,,Some of my co-worker who listen, their sign of Alzheimer was gone.... Try experimenting like what I did...
- —Guest Olimpio L. Muñoz
Msg from lettuce products
- Occasionally when I eat salads at local restaurants or buy lettuce at Walmart I get a reaction from the Msg present. The reaction is a few days of creepy crawling skin sensation and a slight headache. Not a killer but quite unpleasant. My understanding is the MSG is used as a food preservative. I avoid anything with Msg if possible.
- —Guest ken from Wi
Heartburn after eating MSG
- I agree with guest Jess. I too have GERD and through trial and error I found out that MSG gives me heartburn almost immediately after eating something that contains MSG. I jus loved, for instance, a cup of broth from a package of powder, but stopped using it after I always got heartburn and studying the ingredients I noticed that yes....it contained MSG. Also after eating a certain mix of frozen vegetables that contain a lump of buttery past with spices. I used to eat 3 different mixes and noticed after a while that after one of those mixes I always got heartburn. Putting the 3 packages next to each other and compare the ingredients, I found that the one that always gave me heartburn (Chinese mix) was the only one that contained MSG....
- i have read articles explaining that the msg used in the u.s. is not refined the same as used in asiaand is refined differently thus being the problem it is in the u.s.
- —Guest doinit
- After eating foods with MSG my heart starts to pound. Within 30 minutes of consuming the food, heart still pounding, my bowels begin to empty. I have no control over my bowels. Have had many an accident because I was not near a restroom. I am very leery about eating out now that I know what is causing my pounding heart and intestinal distress. Never have the problem when eating at home--my husband fixes our foods from scratch and uses very few additives.
- —Guest Jeanette
MSG is safe
- I'm Asian and the reason why most of you are getting sick from Asian food, have nothing to do with MSG. I believe it as more to do with food preparation in the kitchen. I've work in many Chinese restaurant and trust me i would rate them 4 of 10 for sanitation and cleanest. There's so much food laying around when cooking food and the cooking is done so fast, sometime I wonder if the pork or chicken is fully cook.
- —Guest Mr Bean
not a day without it!
- MSG not good for you that is a fact, but with millions of Asian loyal users all over it does not seems to be a huge health issue. How do you explain that. This food enhancer been around for many generations. There are other MSG substitutes been used in the USA , are you having trouble with them too. Google it up! Don't just put a bad name on it because it's Chinese.
- —Guest confuscious
- I have suffered from headaches, etc. for 3 years and recently have tied it to the MSG ingredient through trial and error. In weeding out substances in my diet, even a small amount results in headache and nausea. I am frustrated trying to find foods without it (or one of it's other names). I virtually can not eat in a restaurant now. This is proving to be very challenging. There are so many items deemed safe, but isolating things now a days to pinpoint the source of issues has become a Pandora's box. I am afraid to look inside. I lump this issue in with the Bee die off. There are so many issues/uses that there can't possibly be an accurate source identification. If you have an absolute free of MSG recommendation for restaurant ordering I would appreciate it. I haven't found it yet. P.S. I am not allergic to anything or have any other health issues.
- —Guest Pam
- I have no problems with MSG being used in cooking. The one drawback in Chinese food is the extreme high sodium count, which could be blamed on many of your health problem. There are a lot of worse things put in processed foods more dangerous than MSG, so stop blaming every health problems you have on this one food additive. Some of the people have no common sense?
- —Guest health and fitness
- When I eat something with MSG in it around the outside of my eyes swell, it feels like I have sand in my eyes and sometimes I have a headache. This occurs the morning after I eat it.
- —Guest Mary Lou
- After eating Asian takeaways,particularly Chinese meals I always have an insatiable thirst which means I'm going to the loo all night!!
- —Guest Sandra
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