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Old 08-04-2009, 02:58 PM   #71
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When I started this thread i had no idea it would go so far. I sincerely thank all of you for sharing in this discussion. I know a lot more now than I did when I asked toe original question.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:50 PM   #72
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Ah - I didn't realize that. I guess I was confused because it's billed as a flavor enhancer, which is basically what salt is. So what does MSG taste like, then? I remember having this stuff in the cupboard when I was a kid, but I don't recall its flavor.
It is very hard to describe the flavor. It has a taste without having a taste. I know that makes no sense at all, but once you put some on your tongue you will know what I mean. It is kind of meaty without tasting like meat. It is almost more a feeling then a taste. You know when you taste some real good homemade chicken stock and it makes you smack your lips? It is kind of like that. very hard to describe, but quite pleasant.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:53 PM   #73
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I figured it out... Ac'cent is NEXT to the Adolf's Meat tenderizer on the shelf at our local Wal-Mart...
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #74
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And how exactly are people supposed to learn about seasoning there food if we are just using a chemical. I love chinese takeout and I eat a fair share of msg, but when it comes to my own cooking, Salt and pepper work wonders if you use them right
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:21 PM   #75
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And how exactly are people supposed to learn about seasoning there food if we are just using a chemical.
Salt is a chemical.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:04 AM   #76
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Salt is a chemical.
Virtually every natural thing on this planet is a chemical or contains chemicals within its structure, especially living organisms. For instance, would you Hydrochloric Acid a chemical? I certainly would. And yet, without it, you couldn't digest much of the food you eat. But it is also used to clean concrete and prepare it for glues and paints. It cleans pennies too. Our own bodies manufacture it. And what about enzymes and alkalyes? Our bodies make those too. We also synthesize various compounds and chemicals from the foods we eat.

From the Google Dictionary we get a definition -
Chemical means involving or resulting from a reaction between two or more substances, or relating to the substances that something consists of. ADJ ADJ n
  • ...chemical reactions that cause ozone destruction.
  • ...the chemical composition of the ocean.
Chemicals are all around us and occur naturally. Just because something is a "chemical" that doesn't meat that it's bad. It's how we use those chemicals that determine their value or lack thereof.

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Old 08-05-2009, 06:56 AM   #77
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My point exactly GW. People always get up in arms about using chemicals, yet they use them every day and they are necessary for their existence.
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Water is a chemical compound, and so is arsenic. But I don't brush my teeth with arsenic and neither do I want to find it in my drinking water. So, let's get real!!! When people talk about chemicals, they generally mean compounds that are manufactured and do NOT occur naturally; man-made compounds such as trichloroethylene (a volatile industrial solvent) for example, or naturally occurring chemicals that are generally poisonous or harmful in some way.

There are too many examples of these harmful chemicals that have poisoned or killed millions of people by getting loose into the food/water/air supply by irresponsible and greedy industrial companies. Many people, people with sense, have a right... an obligation to be skeptical about the effects of these compounds, naturally occurring or not, that are put into our food, water and air, and are based on a very poor record of concern for our health by industry but a great concern for their bank accounts. It's gotten to the point that we either have to learn how to protect ourselves and not take the effect of these compounds for granted, or die. It's that simple. To do less is naive.
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:08 AM   #79
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I am confused Arky. Are you saying that those of us who trust the many many reports that show that MSG is safe to use are naive and have no sense?
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:40 AM   #80
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People with blind trust often fall over a cliff.

Don't think that so-called reports or studies are without error or bias.
*I can show you a mountain of studies that prove without a doubt that smoking is not harmful, studies by both the cigarette companies AND by our own government!
*When Coca Cola first came out cocaine was a major "chemical" ingredient and released upon the public with the blessing of our government.
* DDT and malathion was paid for by our government through subsidies to be applied to our food, and they had studies that showed these chemicals to be harmless.
*Agent Orange was developed, promoted and used because of government subsidies through our universities and the military, as a "harmless" defoliant.
*How many chemical leaks have we had into the environment as the result of some underpaid government inspector making a report that said the chemical company was acting responsibly?
*Several years ago our federal government took receivership of a prostitution ranch in Nevada because of owed back taxes. They closed the ranch after 6 months rather than sell it because they couldn't make a profit?! What kind of idiots can't make money selling gambling, sex and booze? Yet these are the same quality people you want to trust your life to? NOT ME!
*Here's one that just appeared yesterday; It has now been shown that the widely used arthritis treatments of Humira, Remicade or Embril pose a serious cancer risk to children; but this treatment was blessed by the FDA for many years, and even offered to me free treatments using them. I said no.

So much for "reports or studies!"
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