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Policy

Clarity On MSG

November 18, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 46

Commenting in “Healthier Food, by Stealth,” Adam Anderson notes that “certain natural products” can provide proper salt perception (C&EN, Sept. 16, page 11). Of course, he knows but does not mention that MSG (monosodium glutamate) performs that function most effectively. It is made via fermentation and so is a “natural product.” The old and discredited alarm concerning MSG still has power over people who should know better.

Harold Reisman
Carlsbad, Calif.

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Larry (November 18, 2013 12:10 PM)
Those of us who are sensitive to glutamate as an excitotoxin do know better and must avoid it and its family. MSG's sodium content isn't the issue.

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