MSG, the abbreviation for Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer (the sodium salt of the common amino acid glutamic acid) commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and seasonings. In Nigeria, many of us use seasoning and condiments that are packed with Monosodium glutamate. Examples of these are Maggi, Knorr, Ajinomoto, Vedan, etc.
What’s the big deal about MSG?
Many people have deemed it unsafe and do not want to consume it or even see one ingredient containing it. Over the years, regulatory bodies and clinics in many parts of the world have received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG.
These reactions have now been put under a new term called MSG symptom complex. These symptoms include but not limited to these in people who have recounted their experiences;
- Facial pressure or tightness
- Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas of the body
- Rapid heartbeats (heart palpitations)
- Chest pain
So, you might be wondering, “why did NAFDAC approve MSG when people see these symptoms?
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