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“MSG is unhealthy for you!”, “Glutamate is Poison!”, “No added MSG.”. I am sure you heard that before. But why do we keep hearing that it is? Well, that’s a really strange story, about racism, food marketing, classical media clickbait and at its core a “scientist” that trolled us all.

But first, let’s start with a few basics.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in its crystalline form.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in its crystalline form.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in its crystalline form.

The basics — What is Glutamate?

Glutamate is a colorless salt that can be used in cooking. On its own it doesn’t taste like much. A bit hearty, rather like bland chicken broth.

It is the salt of glutamic acid. One of the 20 canonical amino acids that…

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