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Ajinomoto : Invisible Taste

Harmful Effects of MSG

By Arun RamasamyPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read

Ajinomoto , a seasoning or flavour enhancer is made of MSG(Monosodium glutamate). The name of the product is MSG and the Japanese company which

makes it is named Ajinomoto. The product got quite popular by the name Ajinomoto itself and the company later trademarked it.

MSG Seasoning

It is being widely used in various cusines especially in restaurants. Almost any popular dish produced by the restaurant have high chances of MSG added to it.

Chinese dishes would contain lots of msg especially the momos that you will find at every street corner. People don't use ajinamoto at home as many are allergic to it.

The taste of food which is decorated with MSG will be more addictive at the same time not very good for health. Lets see some of the harmful effects of Ajinomoto in this article.

One of the most commonly reported adverse reactions to Ajinomoto is a condition known as "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome."

Symptoms of this condition include headaches, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, numbness, tingling or burning in the

face, neck, and other areas, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, nausea and weakness. These symptoms typically occur within a few hours of consuming

Ajinomoto and can last for several hours.

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Studies have found that Ajinomoto can cause symptoms such as headaches, flushing, and sweating in some people, but the link between Ajinomoto and these symptoms is not well-established.

A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in 1995 found that Ajinomoto can cause symptoms such as headaches and flushing, but concluded that

these symptoms were not severe and that Ajinomoto was safe for the general population to consume.

Some studies have also suggested that Ajinomoto may have other harmful effects on health. For example, some research suggests that Ajinomoto may increase the risk of

obesity and metabolic syndrome. Ajinomoto has also been linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease.

However, the evidence for these links is not clear-cut and more research is needed to confirm these findings.

Additionally, Ajinomoto has been known to cause allergic reactions in some people. These reactions can range from mild symptoms such as hives and itching to severe symptoms such as anaphylaxis, a potentially

life-threatening condition. People with asthma and those who are sensitive to Ajinomoto may experience symptoms even from small amounts.

Ajinomoto by itself doens't have a specific taste, but it somehow enriches the taste of the dish in which it is seasoned. The reason behind people likning its taste

is that internal ingredients of ajinamoto have been formulated in such a way that it inherently tastes like Mother's milk, which is liked by almost every human being in the world subconsciouly.

This is invisible taste is the secret of Ajinamoto's success.

It's also important to note that Ajinomoto is often found in combination with other ingredients, such as sodium and preservatives, which may also contribute to negative effects on health. For example, high intake of sodium, which is often found in Ajinomoto-containing foods,

can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Sterility in women has been linked with the consumption of MSG. In pregnant women, it can break down the placental barrier of food supply to the baby and also adversely affect the brain neurons. High sodium content in the diet can lead to water retention and high blood pressure during pregnancy.

In general, Ajinomoto is considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts. However, if you experience adverse reactions to Ajinomoto, it is best to avoid foods that contain it. If you suspect that you may be sensitive to Ajinomoto, you should talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian for advice on how to manage your symptoms.


About the Creator

Arun Ramasamy

Nature Lover, Just go with the flow, techno freek.

Do what you can.. don't when you cannot.

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