What Are The Dangers Of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

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It has been reported that glutamate used as an additive can cause negative effects in some people. These negative effects are often associated with the use of glutamate salts called “monosodium glutamate” (MSG). MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods, restaurant meals, and fast food products.

Here are some possible harms of glutamate:

  • Glutamate Sensitivity: Some people may be sensitive to glutamate and experience symptoms such as headache, nausea, chest pain, and other discomforts after consuming monosodium glutamate (MSG). This condition is known as “Chinese restaurant syndrome.”
  • Migraine Trigger: Some migraine sufferers have reported that foods containing glutamate can trigger migraine attacks. Glutamate is thought to be able to cause neurological reactions.
  • Overconsumption and Health Problems: High levels of glutamate can be found in processed foods or fast food products. Excessive consumption of these types of foods can lead to high sodium intake, which can be harmful to health, and increase the risk of obesity, hypertension, and heart disease.
  • Gut Health: Some research suggests that glutamate may affect gut health. Glutamate is thought to be able to damage the gut mucosa or affect the microbial balance in the gut.
  • Toxicity: High-dose glutamate consumption has been observed to lead to neurotoxicity (neuron damage) in animal studies. However, there is no strong evidence that this type of toxicity occurs in humans.

It is important to note that the harms of glutamate can vary from person to person and are usually caused by consuming very large amounts.


If you have any concerns, it is important to talk to a healthcare professional.

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