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Old 03-06-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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Interesting article about MSG

I know some people here have told stories about reactions in themselves or people they know, but really - are you sure it wasn't something else in the food? Just askin'

Yes, MSG, the Secret Behind the Savor
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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Thank you so much for posting this GotGarlic. I have been saying for years that MSG has gotten a bad rap. A lot of people who think they are allergic to it are not. It is just in their heads. Some people (a very small percentage of people) do have an actual allergy to it, but it is not were near the amount of people who claim it.

There are so many foods that people eat every day that have MSG in them. Doritos, bottled salad dressings, fast food, and many many others just to name a few.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:09 PM   #3
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Maybe the MSG thing is just in my head... but I've noticed that I get a headache from high MSG, like dry-envelope soups and things like that. Maybe it's just a coincidence, (and it's true that I can eat some things with MSG just fine), but things like dry soup mixes, etc., just kill me. Even the smell makes my head hurt (probably psychosomatic, I know). I've never thought about it before, but perhaps it's something in just these products...
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:13 PM   #4
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I used to get a headache after every time I ate Chinese food. Amazingly, it started just after I first learned about MSG and Chinese Food Syndrome. Those headaches just as quickly disappeared as soon as I learned that it could all just be in my head.

Some people actually are really affected by it apparently though and you might just be one of those people Karen.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:15 PM   #5
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...Those headaches just as quickly disappeared as soon as I learned that it could all just be in my head...

So you're saying the headaches were just in your head...
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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Thanks Bucky... I mean Ken... I mean Andy
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Yeah, GB, I used to think it was nonsense. After all, MSG is a salt of an amino acid we need because it is a necessary component of proteins. And once in the belly it becomes glutamic acid and is passed along to the cells to make our proteins.

And who could be allergic to a chemical we all need?

When we were in places that had fine Chinese restaurants we never had any reaction.

But in the last few years would go to the Americanized Chinese places and after awhile we noticed that we were always congested shortly after leaving the places. Yeah, we would have to blow our noses. It would last for an hour or so.

After doing this for a bit we came to the concensus opinion that this was clearly Chinese restaurant syndrome. After all, it was an infallible response.

Later verified that this was a common response from a physician friend of mine.

Whether it is due to MSG I cannot certainly verify that.

Maybe will get a jar, take some, and see what happens.

That should be a good test.

But there is something there in a number of those restaurants that does cause us both the same, not bothersome but noticable, response.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:10 PM   #8
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MSG is in a lot more foods than just Chinese food. If it is the MSG that is causing the response (and I am not saying it is not) then it should be noticeable with a lot of other things as well.

The mind is an amazing thing. You can make yourself sick just by convincing yourself that you are going to get sick. I believe that a lot of people (certainly not everyone though) have convinced themselves that MSG gives them these reactions so when they eat Chinese food (even if it does not contain MSG) they convince themselves that they are going to have a reaction and the body listens and actually does produce that expected reaction.
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...The mind is an amazing thing. You can make yourself sick just by convincing yourself that you are going to get sick. I believe that a lot of people (certainly not everyone though) have convinced themselves that MSG gives them these reactions so when they eat Chinese food (even if it does not contain MSG) they convince themselves that they are going to have a reaction and the body listens and actually does produce that expected reaction.

I absolutely agree. That is why I never read about the side effects of medications I take. I f I know about them, I will surely experience them shortly.

That being said, I never had any problems after eating at Chinese restaurants.
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I have never thought I had a problem with MSG, but DW thinks she does. However, I noticed that certain foods with MSG did not give her headaches while certain others did, and the certain others were dishes made from that universal brown sauce that appears in a lot of their stir fries.
My conclusion is that it is something in the brown sauce, not MSG. She is still convinced she has a bad reaction to MSG.
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