To recognise foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), here are some signs to look out for:
Ingredient Labels: Food products have ingredient labels on their packaging. Different forms of MSG may also be labelled as glutamate or E621. You can detect the presence of MSG by checking the ingredient list.
Alternative Names: MSG can be disguised under different names. Look out for terms such as “glutamic acid,” “hydrolysed vegetable protein,” “vegetable protein extract,” or “protein extract” on ingredient labels.
Prepared Foods: MSG may be more commonly found in processed foods such as instant soups, chips, and fast food products. Check the ingredient labels on such products.
Restaurant Meals: Asking about the ingredients of dishes in restaurants or reviewing the menu on the restaurant’s website can help identify MSG content.
If you want to avoid or reduce MSG, avoid processed foods and cook at home so you are in control.
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