"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Health, Nutrition and Special Diets
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-16-2008, 11:48 AM   #11
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
Quote:
Originally Posted by nicklord1 View Post
can you leave it out

Yes.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 11:51 AM   #12
Head Chef
 
Chopstix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,323
I'm one of the few who reacts to MSG if too much is used in a dish. I notice that it only happens at a Chinese/Asian restaurant after I partake of a particularly tasty dish. The thought of MSG does not even occur to me so I don't agree with it being psychosomatic. I just suddenly get a strong dull throbbing and ache in my head that extends down to my neck and shoulders, and I have a very heavy feeling in my chest. I also feel very hot all of a sudden so I sweat and my heart palpitates. I usually have to drink a lot of tea or liquid. The symptoms go away after fifteen minutes or so.

I was totally against MSG before because of these incidents but after reading about it some more, and discovering that MSG is present in natural sources like mushrooms, seaweed, cheese, etc, I've decided MSG is not necessarily bad at all. I won't have any qualms using it in small quantities.
__________________

__________________
'Never eat more than you can lift.' - Miss Piggy
Chopstix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 11:53 AM   #13
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 352
what does it add to a dish. I.e hot and sour soup
__________________
nicklord1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:05 PM   #14
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chopstix View Post
...The thought of MSG does not even occur to me so I don't agree with it being psychosomatic....

I would never suggest your symptoms, or any reactions at all to MSG, were not real. That would be totally inappropriate.

In separate posts I stated that a small percentage of the population has a reaction to it. That was also clearly stated in the link I posted.

In another post, I made the statement that a portion of the reactions to MSG in Chinese restaurants several decades ago appeared to be a psychosomatic one.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:08 PM   #15
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
Quote:
Originally Posted by nicklord1 View Post
what does it add to a dish. I.e hot and sour soup

As stated earlier, it intensifies the flavors from the other ingredients in a recipe by sensitizing your taste buds.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:12 PM   #16
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,264
MSG = good in small amounts.

I use it all the time.

MSG and naturally occurring glutimates bring out UMAMI, which is the 5th flavor sensation humans can detect. Umami = savory. MSg will enhance the savory flavor of food.
__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:13 PM   #17
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 352
ok last qu would you use it
__________________
nicklord1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:14 PM   #18
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
Quote:
Originally Posted by nicklord1 View Post
ok last qu would you use it

I do use it.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:17 PM   #19
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,630
There's a big ol thread somewhere here discussing MSG. IIRC, Goya Sazon and some meat tenderizers have MSG.
__________________
Jeekinz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #20
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Metro New York
Posts: 8,764
Send a message via Yahoo to ChefJune
Personally, for me, it is bad. It is the only thing I know that gives me a headache. So I avoid it like the plague. and I use almost no processed foods.

I also rarely get Chinese takeout from the little places in the neighborhood, because even though they say no, they all use it.

The jury is out on the long-term effects of msg. Glutamates that are naturally produced by various foods are not the issue. The chemically created stuff (Ac'cent and assorted brands) are. Follow your own brain.
__________________

__________________
Wine is the food that completes the meal.
ChefJune is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.