Does monosodium glutamate add taste to your food??

@brylle (23)
Philippines
February 20, 2007 9:59pm CST
food, vetsin, msg, monosodium glutamate, taste, flavor
3 responses
@kuppelur (60)
• India
21 Feb 07
Fisrt when i saw your message i thought what is this monosodium glutamate.. Then i came to know that it is the chemical name for the commonly known Ajinomoto.. About the taste yes it does add taste to food. Once it is dissolved it breaks into sodium and glucamate ions which give a "savory" or "meaty" taste..
@raijin (10371)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Indeed monosodium glutamate, msg or locally known here as vetsin is a flavor enhancer. This adds taste to foods that we prepare when cooking, it is made from fermented sugarcane or even mollasses. When used too much on food, it causes nausea, headache and dizziness. It only requires a pinch for to enhance the flavor of the food.
@callarse1 (4787)
• United States
21 Feb 07
It naturally occurs in vegetables and fruits but people put it in food so that people think it tastes good. Some people (myself included) are sensitive to MSG (monosodium gutamate) because it makes the stomach upset. I think people add it to recipes and food so people think it tastes good. Take care and plus + for your topic.