Ajinomoto – Monosodium glutamate is bad for health?


For those who do not know, the ajiinomoto [味の素] literally means essence of flavor. This company is famous for selling monosodium Glutamate and related products responsible for umami flavor. Does this product hurt your health?

MSG aims to enhance the taste of food Monosodium glutamate (ajinomoto) strengthens the taste of food and is usually found in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, as well as industrialized products.

Several polemics involving monosodium glutamate appear on the internet. So many are undecided to know whether or not it is advisable to use it in food. In this article we will answer whether Ajinomoto and derived from monosodium glutamate really does harm to health. 

How is Ajinomoto done? Msg?

Aji on the bike is produced from a food fermentation process. Products such as fish, dairy products, tomatoes, mushrooms, meats and vegetables are rich in glutamate and umami flavor.

We usually use these foods daily in our food, thus flavoring and tasting our meal. Ajinomoto in Brazil, says it is an amino acid manufactured from sugarcane.

Ajinomoto is widely used in fastfood restaurants and foods to taste, so we find snacks from these places so tasty. Just imagine how juicy a roast beef is, it gets much slower when using ajinomoto, because this ingredient strengthens the taste of food.

The big problem is that some people relate monosodium glutamate to migraines, allergies, hypertension and other diseases. Are we going to know if that’s true?

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Monosodium glutamate doesn’t hurt

First we must remember that everything in excess is wrong, even water. Not to mention that monosodium glutamate, the name says it all, has sodium.

People use ajinomoto to enhance the taste of food but also exaggerates in salt, as ajinomoto is not to season the food. In reality, the use of ajinomoto can make our meal tastier and healthier if used in the right way.

Ajinomoto has only one third of sodium that is present in conventional cooking salt. If we balance the salt seasoning, we can decrease the sodium present in the food.

Have you eaten in Japan? The Japanese do not usually season the food with too much salt, you really will not feel the salty food and do not find easily salt sache in the restaurants.

The Japanese season with different types of condiments and herbs, and foods rich in umami or ajinomoto help to increase the taste of this seasoning, making the food tasty without the exaggeration of salt that we have in our Brazilian cuisine.

If monosodium Glutamate really did badly, Japan would never be one of the countries with the highest life expectancy in the world. The controversial monosodium glutamate is a process that occurs naturally in tomatoes, cheeses and mushrooms.

Most Brazilians consume tomatoes every day, and never stopped using salt just because they have sodium. Of course we live in Brazil, so we don’t know how the industries around here are actually supervised, after so many polemics in relation to meat, it would be no wonder if ajinomoto had some mixed ingredient and negative effects.

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Lies spread on the Internet about ajinomoto

All internet controversy began only because of an article published in 2007 by the BJP. The article states that monosodium Glutamate causes colon and gastric cancer. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove this.

The article also says that monosodium glutamate causes headaches, but what does this have to do with cancer? The fake article also says that monosodium glutamate has been banned by the world health organization, which is totally false.

In fact, who stated that monosodium glutamate is in the safe category for food additives. You must know how lies arise on the internet and are widespread in our society. These lies are so widespread, it’s tothis day people who think Hello Kitty made a deal with Lucifer.

Remember that it’s much easier for people to share bad news than good. Probably if this article was speaking ill of ajinomoto most would have already shared on their social networks.

I’m afraid people don’t share this article because I’m defending it, and that’s not relevant to those who don’t know it. Many want to warn people of the danger of things, but ends up spreading things that may not be true.

Of course it is natural for a person to have an adverse reaction with this food, most Westerners do not even want to have an idea of the existence of the umami flavor. The food here is not usually rich in this flavor, so much so that many people when they go to experience Oriental cuisine, end up feeling sick or not liking it.

Which is okay for some, it can do harm to others. Still, but if it’s too much. The ajinomoto is really addictive, has people who even eat pure salt-aji.

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Other truths and lies about ajinomoto

Excess ajinomoto (several spoons) can actually cause side effects such as dizziness and headaches. Just as we’re sick of eating a lot, we can go wrong by eating a lot of ajinomoto.

Remember that ajinomoto increases the taste of food, if something is already strong without monosodium glutamate, can you imagine with it? The fact is, have control, but do not put the blame on monosodium glutamate.

Some claim that ajinomoto kills neurons. Where do people get these crazy ideas from? Aren’t the Japanese who have the reputation of being the smartest in the world?

The Japanese never had an epidemic of brain damage. We know that vitamin C protects our neurons from negative effects, so if you’re afraid it’s enough to get rich with vitamin C.

Several studies and tests were conducted in relation to The Chinese Restaurant syndrome and monosodium glutamate that indicate that they have no relationship. Tests showed people who did not consume monosodium glutamate complaining of symptoms of Chinese Restaurant syndrome.

People stop using ajinomoto but forget the following fact: Most food proteins contain glutamate and are broken by endopeptidases in the stomach and small intestine, so that free glutamate is released. The same thing happens with monosodium glutamate that turns free glutamate into your stomach.

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Should I or should I not use monosodium Glutamate?

Therefore, just use ajinomoto sparingly that you will not have any health problems. In reality there are so many things we eat, which are thousands of times more worrying than monosodium Glutamate.

Unfortunately, we can not escape this generation of industrialized products or full of pesticides and even poorly maintained, vanquished and full of chemicals that industries invent. 

Everything kills today, so don’t waste your time worrying! Even plastic bottles of mineral waters release bisphenol. There’s no way I ran away from the cancer and death that’s all over the place today!

So far all the research that talks about glutamate says that its toxicity is very low. It is necessary to consume something around 15 kilos to present 50% lethality. Symptoms spread over the internet are found in only 1% of the population studied.

You can eat if you don’t have reactions! No matter if Glutamate is natural, remember that sugars are also natural, but still cause diabetes. Get control! Always try to get umami naturally!

And if you feel something and made sure it was ajinomoto’s responsibility, avoid it! Each person has a different organism, especially if certain vitamins that protect their body are missing. There are people who feel bad eating peppers, eggs, pork, it’s not abnormal for someone to go wrong after consuming glutamate.

We are not here saying that ajinomoto does no harm and can be consumed freely. Only studies related to the side effects of monosodium Glutamate are a little wrong. Everything needs control! Have you ever had a problem with this amino acid? Do you usually use it in food? What’s your experience?

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