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Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a sodium salt of glutamic acid. It is a white crystalline substance having a meat-like taste. MSG is used to flavor foods, and is very popular in the Orient.

When ingested in large amounts, it causes chest pain, facial pressure, headaches, burning sensation, and excessive sweating. These symptoms have been collectively termed the "Chinese restaurant syndrome."

Thomas, C.L. 1985. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Co. Pub., Philadelphia. 2170.


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