Abbreviation for the chemical monosodium glutamate, the forumla is:
This chemical is an additive which is used in many types of foods including pre-packaged foods such as Doritos and Cheetos, as well as fresh foods such as Chinese and Japanese cuisine. It is usually found most abundantly in ramen
classifies MSG as safe - however, some people do have reactions to the substance that include headaches, nausea, etc. Additionally, some people feel that MSG is a widespread cause of cancer, suicide, and the like (for example: www.msgtruth.org). These allegations are regarded by most scientists as complete nonsense
], and the allegations are made only by "off-the-wall" scientific groups, these groups being not unlike fundamentalist
]s in terms of absurdity.
Contrary to popular belief and the other definitions found here, MSG is primarily used in order to stimulate the sensory taste umami
]s, of course, do not using words that are not "American", and thus bastardized the word into "savoriness".)
In Asian cuisine, MSG is used abundantly only in cheaper or pre-packaged foods. In finer Asian cuisine, MSG is used sparingly or, as some chefs find MSG to be "cheating", not at all.
"Umami! Umami! I must taste some umami! I'm going to go find some MSG-food"
"Part of the reason ramen
] tastes so good is because of the MSG used in it"
] denounced MSG as sinful towards God"