How does the FDA regulate the safety of monosodium glutamate?

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In summary, the safety of monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been a controversial topic, with some claiming it is harmful while others argue it is safe. However, the FDA has determined that MSG is safe for consumption based on scientific evidence and research. The scare around MSG was started by a hoax between two doctors, and further research has found that the author named on the letter is a real pediatrician and researcher. It is important to always check with government agencies, such as the FDA, for information on health and safety issues.

How safe is MSG in your opinion?

  • Completely safe, unless consumed in excessive quantities or above the mean lethal dose (eg. water)

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  • Generally safe. Too much consumption may lead to minor health problems (eg. salt, sugar)

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  • Safe in moderation. Prolonged used will lead to health problems. (eg. beer, wine, vodka)

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  • Not safe for consumption. (eg. cyanide)

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How safe is monosodium glutamate in your opinion?
 
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Isn't safety a matter of fact and not a matter of opinion?
 
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Vanadium 50 said:
Isn't safety a matter of fact and not a matter of opinion?
It is, and hence this thread is not quite meaningful in my opinion. Restaurant chefs who use MSG will tell you that it is very good for health (perhaps even compare it to a vitamin supplement), while a common man might hold a different view. What actually matters is what published research tells us.
 
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If someone can suggest a proper peer-reviewed publication, we might be able to have a sensible discussion. But a poll isn't going to provide anything useful - this thread is closed
 
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Here's the FDA response to MSG safety:

https://www.fda.gov/food/food-additives-petitions/questions-and-answers-monosodium-glutamate-msg
This FAQ is pretty definitive.

There was a recent podcast on how this scare started.

It was supposedly a hoax between two doctors who argued that no surgeon is ever going to get an article in the New England Journal of Medicine and so one doctor did with this fake article that he thought for sure would get exposed (via the Doctors name).

Only it didn't and other doctors chimed in until people started to avoid Chinese restaurants because of it. He tried to get it retracted but to no avail. The editors wouldn't believe him especially since his name wasn't the author of the article.

Years later a graduate student tracked him down and got the full story.

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668: The Long Fuse - This American LifeThe story is complicated and confusing but one doctor known for jokes claimed he wrote the letter to the journal as a joke. However further research found that the author named on the letter is real and is now believed to be Dr Robert Ho Man Kwok, a pediatrician and researcher at the National Biomedical Research Foundation (a real foundation).

So the joke is either the letter (Dr Kwok) or the fake of saying you wrote the letter (Dr Steele) and making everyone believe your story into perpetuity.

Where is Sherlock Holmes when we need him?

Perhaps someone could run a test against the papers written by either doctor and see which one matched the style ala Shakespeare vs Roger Bacon analysis.
 
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1. Is MSG harmful to my health?

No, extensive research has shown that consuming MSG in moderate amounts does not have any harmful effects on human health.

2. How much MSG is safe to consume?

The FDA has determined that consuming up to 3 grams of MSG per day is safe for most individuals. However, people who are particularly sensitive may experience mild side effects at lower doses.

3. Can MSG cause allergic reactions?

No, MSG is not an allergen and does not cause allergic reactions. However, some people may experience mild symptoms such as headache or nausea if they consume large amounts of MSG.

4. Is MSG only found in Chinese food?

No, MSG is a common ingredient in many types of food, including processed and packaged foods, sauces, and soups. It is also naturally present in some foods such as tomatoes and cheese.

5. Is MSG safe for children?

Yes, MSG is safe for children to consume in moderate amounts. However, parents should be aware of their child's sensitivity to MSG and limit their intake if they experience any adverse effects.

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