In a message dated 7/7/2001 11:01:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Lisa asked:
> What is MSG?
Monosodium glutemate. It's a flavour enhancer, widely used in Chinese,
Japanese and other East Asian cooking. Some people think it gives them
headaches, although AFAIK studies have not supported this.
Additionally, for individuals who have heart disease and/or other physical
conditions where watching one's sodium (salt) intake, MSG is a definite
"no-no." It is VERY high sodium, and research has supported that some people
have adverse reactions to MSG, some minor, some serious. I personally know
people who have become very ill when ingesting any foods which were prepared
with MSG. Speaking for myself, I am badly affected by it, severe water
retention, headaches, general feeling of being unwell. The foregoing
statements are personal opinions, I am not quoting "so-called" research.