MSG: The Silent Killer In Your Kitchen?

What the !%@^ are you eating?!?

Monosodium glutamate

What is it?

It’s a sodium salt found naturally in tomatoes and cheese. But it’s also used as a flavor enhancer by the food industry. Commonly added to Chinese food, canned soups and vegetables, processed meats, fast food, spice mixes, salad dressings and more.

What’s the problem?

Many consumers have reported adverse reactions after eating food with MSG.


  • headache
  • sweating
  • facial pressure or tightness
  • numbness, tingling or burning in the face and neck
  • rapid, fluttering heartbeats
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • weakness

Some, but not all, research suggests MSG may be linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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Where is it banned?

Use of MSG is limited in the European Union. MSG is “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA.

What to look out for?

It comes in more than 40 forms and goes by many different names. Get to know the most popular.

What to do?

The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing msg, so read labels carefully.

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