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Old 09-16-2008, 12:22 PM   #21
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I think Andy said it perfectly.

Most people do not suffer any ill effect from MSG. Many people think they do, but it is all in their head. There ARE people who truly do suffer from MSG though. i am not saying that does not happen. The media made a huge deal about it though and blew it out of proportion so everyone started thinking they must suffer from it. The mind is an amazing thing and if you tell yourself you get a headache from something then you will actually get a headache.

I love using MSG in my cooking. It is a flavor enhancer just as salt is a flavor enhancer. It is not a necessary ingredient, but it can certainly enhance a bland dish and boost it up a bit.
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:25 PM   #22
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me confused lol
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:33 PM   #23
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me confused lol

Nick, buy a small amount of MSG. When you make your hot and sour soup, split the batch in two and put MSG in one. Do a taste test.

If you like the MSG batch better and don;t get aq headache, you're home free.
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:37 PM   #24
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andy the kitchen is now 95 percent complete woo hoo
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:40 PM   #25
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You will have a ball when you can get into it full time. It's frustrating during the construction but sooo nice when it's all done!
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:46 PM   #26
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It is in so many processed foods that it is hard to avoid it sometimes. I don't use it when I cook things from scratch, and have heard conflicting ideas about it. Some say it's bad, some say there is nothing bad about it.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:01 PM   #27
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It is advised that pregnant women avoid it. It's bad for my son because if it's not made in the U.S. it usually contains gluten, which he cannot eat. Other than that I don't know.
This is one of those misconceptions people have about MSG.

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I use Accent, an MSG product to tenderize food and have never had a problem. I think some people think MSG is a problem without truly knowing what might be causing their reaction.
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...I use Accent, an MSG product to tenderize food and have never had a problem...

That's interesting. I've never heard of the tenderizing effects of MSG.
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That's interesting. I've never heard of the tenderizing effects of MSG.
I didn't say MSG, I said Ac'cent, there's additional ingredients, according to my bottle at home, in Ac'cent. It even says "meat tenderizer" on the bottle ~ or did on the last one. I just bought a new bottle and haven't looked to see if it's still there. It used to be their campaign in the 70s. You can also google Ac'cent Meat Tenderizer and several hits come up.

Here's an interesting link http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/2208.html
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I went to the manufacturer's website and they don't mention tenderizing at all.
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