I recently came across a few tasty-sounding Asian recipes that called for MSG, or monosodium glutamate, as one of the ingredients. I thought that stuff had been long since discredited as the source of cancer and other various nasty ailments, but lo and behold, the FDA considers it safe as long as you don’t OD on the stuff. And even then the effects seem to largely consist of the short-term “MSG headache” and such. (Cecil, however, sounds a bit more alarmist note in this undated, and possibly older, Straight Dope classic.)
With visions of some tasty stir-frys dancing in my head, I headed out to the local store in search of a bottle of the stuff. No dice. In fact, none of the half-dozen grocery stores I’ve visited seems to carry the stuff, though I swear I remember seeing it on the shelves a few years ago.
So what’s the straight dope? Is MSG still being made, or have the scaremongers run it off the market? Or do stores just not stock it due to legal concerns? (though admittedly, this seems kind of unlikely, seeing as how they carry beer, et al.) And where can I get my hands on some?