Web Desk: Sodium glutamate or monosodium glutamate (MSG) or Ajinomoto is widely used in our homes and restaurant. It is used as a flavor enhancer and can make your food tastier.
Excess intake of it has been linked to increased cravings, overeating and obesity because it has an excitatory effect on the nerve cell.
According to a nutritionist, Pooja Malhotra, “By itself, MSG may be safe in very small doses but it could be harmful even in minute amounts for those who are allergic or sensitive to MSG. Large doses are certainly harmful. The point noteworthy is that MSG is mostly found in large amount in processed food items like chips, package soups, canned food, which by themselves are unhealthy and thus they must be avoided.”
“Chemically, there is no difference between the one found in natural foods and the one in processed foods. Yet as an additive, it may be harmful because of the large doses or the other components in processed foods,” she added.
Research reveals that over consumption of MSG can cause problems like migraine, dizziness, hormonal imbalance, nausea, weakness, chest pain. It has the same affect on the brain cells as drugs, like it makes us addicted to food in a way that we feel like eating anything and everything that we get.
Studies say that there have been an increased number of cases of diabetes because of sodium glutamate in food. It also leads to the malfunctioning of the adrenal gland, high blood pressure or hypertension and stroke.