Food containing natural glutamate has been around for centuries and is a provision to most people if not all. It was only a matter of time that monosodium glutamate is extracted from a seaweed particularly kombu by a Tokyo professor Mr. Ikeda. Broths and soups that contain this seaweed have a distinctive taste that gives overly satisfaction to the eater. Today, home cooks, master chefs and food processing factories all over the globe have used monosodium glutamate (MSG). Monosodium glutamate (MSG) did have its share of controversies but authorities from various countries have conducted their studies.
A 1995 report compiled by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in behalf of the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) stated that MSG is generally recognized as safe (GRAS). This means that after research and actual experimentation, the claims of people who experienced adverse reaction to MSG cannot be fully proven and some did not even react in the way they did describe it.
Health Canada also agrees with the FASEB findings in regards to the safety of the use of monosodium glutamate as food flavor enhancer. There is no clear and solid evidence that makes MSG a dangerous element to add to food. Moreover, this substance does not cause obesity and no link at all in making people fat who constantly eat food with MSG.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) also gave their view on this, stating that there is no convincing or solid evidence that monosodium glutamate is a substantial aspect in causing reactions that may result in serious illness or mortality. There has been no actual evidence of MSG to cause asthma or a condition that is called ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’, which is sudden headache or migraine after digesting food with this food flavoring.
The Scientific Committee gives the same conclusions for Food of the European Communities, American Medical Association, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the WHO Committee on Food Additives. After they have done their own thorough investigations and evaluations, they have come up with a result that monosodium glutamate is pretty much safe to use in food. Europe even recognizes MSG or monosodium glutamate as a food additive. There is no more hesitation on the use of this food enhancer. The experts have done their extensive research and studies on the safety of this substance. MSG is part of your kitchen assistants in making your dishes as flavorful as it can be.