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Published on 25 Aug 2014 | over 2 years ago

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Few ingredients come with as much baggage as MSG. Otherwise known as monosodium glutamate, the compound has had a bad reputation for nearly 50 years, so we at Reactions felt it was time to clear its name. In this video, we debunk MSG myths and explain why the scientific consensus is that this flavor enhancer, known for its savory umami flavor, is perfectly safe for the vast majority of people.

For more on MSG's undeserved reputation, check out this great infographic from our friends at Compound Interest: www.compoundchem.com/2014/08/25/msg

More reading on MSG's undeserved bad rep:

www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/17/245728214/msg-seasoned-for-a-comeback
www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/its-the-umami-stupid-why-the-truth-about-msg-is-so-easy-to-swallow-180947626/
www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196
www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/dining/05glute.html
www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2005/jul/10/foodanddrink.features3

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