How does MSG affect you?

Canada
September 20, 2009 1:54pm CST
I had some pho noodles in soup yesterday. An hour later, my mouth was very dry. I figured it was probably the MSG in the soup. Now I've had pho at many places and I've never noticed this effect before. Maybe other restaurants know the effect of MSG and reduce the amount they put into the soup, so it could be just this particular restaurant. The thing is my colleague also had the pho and he had back spasms from it. So the question is how does MSG affect you?
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@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
21 Sep 09
MSG can enter your brain and effect the work of the brain, it's actually toxic to the brain. Depending on what part of the brain it effected it would do different things to the rest of teh body. Each part f the brain is responsible for different function, so it could be many things.
• Canada
22 Sep 09
When you say toxic to the brain, is that an exaggeration? I can see MSG being bad for your system but not to the point of say, permanent illness.
• United States
23 Sep 09
it can pass blood brain barrier and it actually destroys brain cells, no exadurationg. There is planty of research out there that shows how damaging "MSG is. I read about a few toxins that kill brain cells, MSG is one of them. I might be wrong on that, but i belive MSG falls under the cattegory of exitotoxins, kills cells by overworking them. Just goodls MSG toxic to the brain and you will find many articles of this.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Sep 09
MSG does not affect me at all. My sister however gets really nasty headaches when she eats something with MSG in it.
• Canada
22 Sep 09
I'm sorry to hear about the impact of MSG on your sister. I guess it impacts people differently.
• China
21 Sep 09
Glutamate sodium (salt), and glutamic acid (Glutamate), so there are two roles. First, the salt of the side effects: thirst, high blood pressure and all the disadvantages due to high salt; because MSG is not salty, so it is easy to eat too much but imperceptible. Second, the glutamic acid is the nervous system, a media information, if coming from the in vitro uptake, it will interfere with the nervous system of the laws of nature. Thus some people will, muscle weakness, or even As for shock, headache. As Westerners usually do not eat MSG, MSG This kind of response should be in the produce after eating Chinese food, so the medical terminology would be the side effects caused by MSG, known as the "Chinese restaurant syndrome." An average of four individuals who have an allergy to the MSG and women sensitive to off than men. They drink a bowl of ravioli stew had adverse reactions, these phenomena include: dizziness, headache, facial numbness, fatigue, unresponsive, high blood pressure. Stomach irritation becomes red, etc., at the same time reduced ability to learn. In animal experiments found that young mice, chickens affected by MSG, the most serious injury, would undermine the brain and optic nerve. For this reason, the U.S. baby food strictly prohibited. MSG "Bunao" can not be unfounded, not only did not reimburse the brain injury.
• Canada
22 Sep 09
I don't think it is only Chinese restaurants that add MSG to their food. Like I said, I had the pho soup at a Vietnamese restaurant. Also, I believe MSG is included in the little packages that come with your basic instant Ramen noodles.
• Canada
20 Sep 09
As best I can tell, MSG upsets my stomach a great deal. Any time I eat at our local chinese food buffet restaurants, I start out very much enjoying the food (one of my favorite types!). However, during the meal, I start to feel not so well. My stomach feels bloated and quite upset so I have to stop eating while everyone else is still filling their plates. I have eaten many of the same types of dishes at home (such as the steamed vegetables or the soup) and I never feel sick. It has been suggested to me by many people that it is the MSG that is causing my problem.
• Canada
22 Sep 09
There are many Chinese restaurants that are aware of the MSG problem and they have done something about it, yet there remains some who haven't. Usually MSG does not have an impact on me, but this one time it did.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
22 Sep 09
I have suffered with migraines most of my life and found that MSG just intensified my headaches. I think it would have been lessened if I had taken in a lot of water as I think MSG dehydrates me which brings on the headaches which can quickly turn into a migraine. I try not to eat anything with MSG and if I am going out to eat chinese I will be sure to drink a big glass of water before and after eating.