I'm curious about people's opinion of MSG.
Back in the 80s and 90s there was a huge movement to ban it because it did something evil to people's health... now I didn't pay close attention at the time, but I'm thinking this was the artificial MSG manufactured from soy.
These days, however, I've seen more and more people seek out MSG to use in healthy recipes, or at least they claim the recipes to be healthy. Either buying it or seeking foods that naturally contain MSG. I wonder, is MSG now a health food? Are they really seeking MSG or just G (however you spell that, glutimate?) that occur naturally in things like kelp?
I understand a bit about the umami 'flavour' how it helps other flavours to 'pop'... but why seek out powdered MSG when there are other foods that can help produce the same effect?
Is there really a difference in health consequences between naturally occurring MSG and commercially prepared MSG? Or is it simply a matter of volume and concentration of the substance?
What's your stance on MSG? Do you buy it in the powdered shaker? Do you seek out foods that contain it? Avoid it at all costs and never buy a food with it in, ever?
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