do you thing MSG (mono sodium glutamate) is dangerous for health ?

Indonesia
June 22, 2009 8:59am CST
I love Chinese food its full taste and spicy. But i read article that say MSG (Mono sodium Glutamate) in Chinese food can be stimulate meningitis (brain cancer). Are you agree with that opinion ?
6 responses
@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
22 Jun 09
I dont really know if MSG is bad for our health. But i heard before that MSG is bad for our health and we can have cancer because of using it. I really dont know if it is true, so when i am cooking i avoid putting MSG. In a television show it said that MSG is not bad for our health but this MSG was their sponsor so i really dont know. I just wish that MSG doesnt contain any chemical which will affect our health. There are many people using it so hope this is not dangerous to our health.
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• Indonesia
23 Jun 09
I understand about your concern Kmaram. I knew that many people depend on MSG to get a tasty food, and it's hard to avoid MSG if you used to use it on your cooking. But somehow, I believe it's better to avoid MSG if you can, and if you can't just don't over dose in using it.
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
23 Jun 09
i think it would be really hard for us to avoid it, since it is used in processed foods also. and those chips, if you are eating it also, they contain msg too.
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
22 Jun 09
no i dont agree at all, we've been using msg since i can remember, and none in my family or those of the people i know have that brain cancer. it could be a rare case, but would not really apply to all... ======= [i]Is MSG safe? Yes. MSG is one of the most extensively researched substances in the food supply. Numerous international scientific evaluations have been undertaken over many years, involving hundreds of studies. The United States and other governments worldwide support the safety of MSG as used in foods[/i]. reference: http://www.ific.org/publications/brochures/msgbroch.cfm this link is about msg for further reading
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• Indonesia
23 Jun 09
But are you not limiting your MSG consumption at all Jayrene ? Well, I'm no researcher, but I do know that when I'm consuming a food with high dose of MSG in it, my throat will be sore and it's feel dry, that's so uneasy for me. I think FDA should state clearly on how much MSG we can safely consume and widely publish it.
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
23 Jun 09
i do limit the use of it... sometimes when i cook if i taste it and i like it already i dont put msg on it anymore, but at other times when the taste is not that good, i would add a little of it. sometimes when i use those pork, chicken or beef cubes i dont add msg anymore also.
@gerald_lian (2192)
• Australia
22 Jun 09
Well, for me, I wouldn't agree with something unless there has been substantial evidence to show that the claim is true. By evidence, I mean that there must have been studies or trials to show that that is indeed the case. But for me individually, I think that as long as we have MSG in moderation, it's OK. Besides, we can't really stay away from MSG all our life, can we, since MSG adds to the taste of food and makes it nicer to the tongue? Anyway, just an analogy to put things into perspective, let's say we have fast food such as burger and french fries. Eating these everyday of course will be harmful to our health where health conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol can emerge. But if we just eat those once in a while, our risk of getting those health conditions won't be as high. So, in conclusion, as long as we do things sparingly and in moderation, things won't be as bad as we put it to be. Happy myLotting!
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• Indonesia
23 Jun 09
Thanks for responding Gerald_lian. I guess it's OK to consume MSG as long as its still in allowed percentage.
@jonakyl (493)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Haha, agreed. All the grease and fat you'd get in a fast-food burger is much worse for you than the little amount of MSG that's in there.
• United States
22 Jun 09
Today, MSG is often made with genetically modified corn products and that may be the cause of some of the illnesses and diseases associated with MSG. It may help foods taste good, but there have been too many negatives associated with MSG... and in the US, it has been said that food companies add MSG to other ingredients and never include MSG on the label (one of the items I read about was that most companies add MSG to the ingredient- soy yeast, yet there is never any mention of this on the label)
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• Indonesia
23 Jun 09
Thanks for commenting, I thinks it's better to take any precautions on MSG effect than ignore it just because we want a tasty food.
@khuay2x (21)
• Philippines
22 Jun 09
I do believe it does cause harm in some extent if u use too much of msg in ur daily cooking...They say it can be even used to kill or poison an animal, e.g a dog(crazy/wild dog with rabbies that has bitten a few people near the area where we live, had been poisoned) they just mixed msg on its food and it did killed the dog gradually. Sorry if u have a fainted heart but i think it is msg that caused it. So what im saying is, too much of everything is bad for ur health, but in moderation there may not be any cause for panics in using msg. I suggest u use natural sugar to flavor ur food or marinara to add to taste:)
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• Indonesia
23 Jun 09
That's a good suggestion Khuay2x, thanks !
• Philippines
2 May 10
i don't think so, that its dangerous for health, i've been using MSG to cook for my family and sometimes i watch cooking shows and they give trivia about MSG, they told that MSG can be found on natural foods such as meat and others, so i guess its not that really dangerous unless if you consume to much of it.