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Old 12-10-2009, 12:35 PM   #1
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MSG- Accent

I know msg is in the doghouse, but I can't remember why. I'm tempted to start using it again because I did think it brought out the flavor of some food. Does anyone know why it is now taboo. I know some people are allergic to it, but if you're not, why not use it?

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Old 12-10-2009, 12:40 PM   #2
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Decades ago there was a scare and over reaction to MSG in Chinese Restaurants. The scare was later discredited but the damage was done and the retraction never gets the press the original statement got.

Most of Asia uses it with no ill effects. A small percentage of people are allergic to it. If it doesn't bother you go ahead and use it.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:41 PM   #3
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MSG got a bad rap because of a media scare. Unless you are part of the very small number of people who are actually allergic to it there is no reason to be scared of MSG. Many people claim to have issues with it, but in most of those cases it is the power of the mind making them think they have issues. The mind is very powerful and can make you sick if you think you are going to get sick.

I use Accent in my cooking. Like anything else, it should be used appropriately. That means I do not use it in everything I cook and I don't go overboard with it. When something needs that extra little punch though then I do not hesitate to use it.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:06 PM   #4
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I agree that MSG generally gets a bad rap. I use it sparingly and truly believe that it adds a great umami punch to my foods.

But I hate Accent. I think it tastes chemically. I use a pinch of Goya's Sazon (without the achiote since that turns food yellow). You can find it in most grocery stores.


http://www.goya.com/english/products...=8&prodCatID=4
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:58 PM   #5
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Thumbs down MSG-Aspartame

Most people are not allergic to MSG, although some have a violent reaction, but if you Google "MSG" you can do the research for yourself and make your own decision. There are safer ways to make your food taste better, like fresh spices instead of the dehydrated sawdust they sell at the local grocery chain for obscene amounts of money. MSG would not be my first choice for a flavor "enhancer".
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:16 PM   #6
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From my understanding, Accent and MSG are not synonymous.
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John W. Olney, M.D., a neuroscientist at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri who, in 1968, had been appointed to the National Academy of Science, noted that mice being fed MSG for a study of retinal deterioration had become grotesquely obese. Believing that the obesity was related to the function of the hypothalamus in the brain, he sacrificed MSG-fed mice and found that MSG caused hypothalamus lesions and neuroendocrine disorders, and that the very young were at particular risk. Neuroscientists now generally agree that glutamic acid (MSG) is neurotoxic, killing brain neurons by exciting them to death.
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From my understanding, Accent and MSG are not synonymous.
Yes, they are. Accent - A seasoning also called MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). It is an optional seasoning and can very easily be left out of recipes.
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killing brain neurons by exciting them to death.
I can think of no better way to go!!
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:38 PM   #10
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Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity and is a neurotoxin, it is an addictive substance! Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these? :-

'The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity'. GobattoCA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA.Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

'Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats'. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.


'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors'. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, IchikawaK, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

'Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity'. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct.

Yes, that last study is not a typo, it WAS written in 1978. The medical research community, USDA and food manufacturers have known about MSG's side effects for decades!
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