Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
FAQs about Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) for Food
What are MSG?
Monosodium glutamate is the natural amino acid that is most found in nature, and can be found in dairy, meat, fish and mostly in foods rich in protein and vegetables. It is used as a flavor enhancer and can add a fifth taste called umami.
How MSG is made?
At first it was obtained in Japan by means of dried algae, from which glutamic acid was extracted. After this, the hydrolysis process was used to obtain the wheat protein product. Today, the bacterial fermentation process (similar to cheese and wine production) of sugar cane is used to obtain this flavor enhancer.
How is monosodium glutamate better than salt?
In addition to enhancing the so-called fifth flavor, the so-called Ajinomoto contains only 12% sodium. This compared to the sodium content in salt (about 39%), makes it a great support for the decrease in sodium consumption in the world, with the ability to enhance the flavor of food in the same way that salt does.
Are msg good for you?
This E-621 ingredient is classified by the FDA as suitable for human consumption and highly recommended for reducing salt consumption in the world without sacrificing the taste of the products. This brings great health benefits, if consumed in moderate amounts.
What is MSG used for?
Due to its properties, it is frequently used in the industry for processed foods to enhance their flavor and in frozen foods to make their flavor feel fresh. In addition, it allows to eliminate the metallic taste in canned foods and additionally helps to increase the appetite.