MSG is a flavour enhancer found in almost all natural foods. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are free of MSG if they haven’t been processed, however, tomatoes are the exception. Sometimes fruits and veggies have been known to be sprayed with MSG so wash them before eating. When a product is labelled ‘No MSG’, it actually means no MSG has been added. The food still might have MSG in it.
I’m not sure why, but there seems to be a continuing debate between experts as to whether MSG causes allergies or not. Anyway some believe symptoms are asthma, headaches, hives, migraines, numbness, rhinitis, sweating and burning or swelling of the face, mouth and tongue.
Believe it or not there is no requirement in restaurants and cafes to declare MSG or additives. Apparently it is the staff’s responsibility to know. My experience tells me they don’t often know so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with MSG. I have discovered that if the sauce looks very glossy and tastes very salty it’s loaded with MSG. Here are a few suggestions.
MSG free foods (PDF Format)
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