For those who don't know, aji on moto [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 harm your health?
O MSG has the objective of enhancing the flavor of the food Monosodium glutamate (ajinomoto) strengthens the flavor of food and is usually found in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, in addition to industrialized products.
Several controversies involving the monosodium glutamate appear on the internet. So many are undecided as to whether or not it is advisable to use it in food. In this article we will answer whether the Ajinomoto and monosodium glutamate derivatives are really bad for your health.
How is Ajinomoto made? MSG?
Aji no moto 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 adding flavor and taste to our meal. Ajinomoto in Brazil claims to be an amino acid made from sugar cane.
Ajinomoto is widely used in restaurants and fast food to add flavor, which is why we find the snacks in these places so delicious. Just imagine how juicy a roasted meat is, it gets much juicier when using ajinomoto, because this ingredient strengthens the flavor of the food.
The big problem is that some people link monosodium glutamate to migraines, allergies, hypertension and other diseases. Shall we know if this is true?
Monosodium glutamate does not hurt
First we must remember that everything in excess is bad, even water. Not to mention that monosodium glutamate, the name says it all, has sodium.
People use the ajinomoto to enhance the taste of the food but also overdo it in salt, since the ajinomoto is not to season the food. In reality, the use of ajinomoto can make our meal more tasty and healthy, if used in the right way.
Ajinomoto has only one third of the sodium that is present in conventional table salt. If we make a balance between the salt seasoning, we can reduce the sodium present in the food.
Have you eaten in Japan? The Japanese don't usually season their food with too much salt, you won't really feel the food salty or find salt sacks easily in restaurants.
The Japanese season with different types of condiments and herbs, and foods rich in umami or ajinomoto help to increase the flavor of this seasoning, making the food delicious without the exaggeration of salt that we have in our Brazilian cuisine.
If the Monosodium glutamate really hurt, Japan would never be one of the countries with the highest Life expectancy of the world. The controversial monosodium glutamate is a naturally occurring process in tomatoes, cheeses and mushrooms.
Most Brazilians consume tomatoes every day, and have never stopped using salt just because it has sodium. Of course we live in Brazil, so we don't know how the industries around here are really supervised, after so many controversies regarding meats, it would be no wonder if ajinomoto had some mixed ingredient and with negative effects.
Lies scattered on the Internet about ajinomoto
All the controversy on the internet started 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 support 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 untrue.
In fact, WHO has stated that monosodium glutamate is in the safe category for food additives. You must know how lies come up on the internet and get widespread in our society. These lies are so widespread, that even today there are people who think that Hello Kitty made pact with devil.
Remember that it is much easier for people to share bad news than good. Probably if this article was talking bad about ajinomoto most would have already shared it on their social networks.
I am afraid that people will not share this article because I am defending it, and it is not relevant for those who do not know. Many want to warn people of the danger of things, but they end up spreading things that may not be true.
Of course, it is natural for a person to have an adverse reaction to this food, most Westerners do not even have an idea of the existence of umami flavor. The foods here are not usually rich in this flavor, so much so that many people when they try the oriental cuisine, end up feeling sick or not liking it.
What is not bad for some, can be bad for others. Still but if it is in excess. Ajinomoto is really addictive, there are people who even eat the sal-aji pure.
Other truths and lies about ajinomoto
Too much Ajinomoto (several scoops) can actually cause side effects such as dizziness and headaches. Just as we are sick from eating a lot, we can be sick from eating a lot of motorcycle.
Remember that ajinomoto increases the taste of food, if something is already strong without monosodium glutamate, imagine with it? The fact is: Have control, but don't blame monosodium glutamate.
Some claim that ajinomoto kills neurons. Where do people get these crazy ideas from? Aren't the Japanese reputed to be the most intelligent in the world?
The Japanese have never had a brain damage epidemic. We know that vitamin C protects our neurons against negative effects, so if you are afraid just enrich it with vitamin C.
Several researches and tests were carried out in relation to Chinese Restaurant syndrome and monosodium glutamate which indicate that they have no relationship. The tests showed people who did not consume monosodium glutamate complaining of symptoms of the Chinese Restaurant syndrome.
People stop using ajinomoto but forget the following fact: Most food proteins contain glutamate and are broken down by endopeptidases in the stomach and small intestine, so that free glutamate is released. The same thing happens with monosodium glutamate that becomes free glutamate in your stomach.
Should I use monosodium glutamate?
Therefore, just use the ajinomoto in moderation and you will not have any health problems. In fact, there are so many things that we eat that are thousands of times more worrying than monosodium glutamate.
Unfortunately, we cannot escape this generation of industrialized products or full of pesticides and even poorly preserved, expired and full of chemicals that the industries invent.
Everything kills today, so don't waste your time worrying! Even plastic bottles of mineral waters release bisphenol. There is no way to escape the cancer and death that is everywhere 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% of lethality. The symptoms spread over the internet are found in only 1% of the studied population.
You can eat if you have no reactions! It doesn't matter if Glutamate is natural, remember that sugars are also natural, but they still cause diabetes. Have control! Always look for umami in a natural way!
And if you feel something and were sure it was ajinomoto's responsibility, avoid it! Each person has a different organism, especially if certain vitamins that protect their body are lacking. There are people who feel bad about eating peppers, eggs, pork, it is not unusual for someone to be sick after consuming glutamate.
We are not here saying that ajinomoto does no harm and can be consumed freely. Only that studies related to the side effects of monosodium glutamate are somewhat misleading. Everything needs control! Have you ever had a problem with this amino acid? Do you use it in food? What is your experience?