If MSG is so bad for you, why doesn’t everyone in Asia have a headache?

An oldie but a goodie – MSG is used in a huge amount of different foods today, but is it really bad for you? Apparently not, unless you eat kilos of it at a time. It also occurs naturally in measurable quantities in tomatoes, cheese and a bunch of other foods? Mmm, parmesan.

“My friend Nic came round. He told me about a Japanese restaurant he’d been to that gave him headaches and a ‘weird tingling in the cheeks’ – until he told them to stop with the MSG. Then he was fine, he said. I nodded and I served him two tomato and chive salads; both were made using the very same ingredients but I told him one plate of tomatoes was ‘organic’, the other ‘factory-farmed’. The organic tomatoes were far better, we agreed. These, of course, were the tomatoes doused with mono sodium glutamate.”

If MSG is so bad for you, why doesn’t everyone in Asia have a headache?

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