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Old 02-16-2020, 01:23 PM
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The column has been updated with a note from the Mayo Clinic site, which states the following:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-l...e/faq-20058196

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," but its use remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label.

MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex — include:

Headache
Flushing
Sweating
Facial pressure or tightness
Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas
Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
Chest pain
Nausea
Weakness

However, researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms. Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG. Symptoms are usually mild and don't require treatment. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG.
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I've personally known people who were allergic to MSG -- mostly they seem to get pounding headaches -- and while I'm sure the percentage of people with true MSG sensitivities/allergies are few compared to the general population, they're out there for sure. Not all body chemistry is the same and there's probably someone allergic to most everything around us.

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