“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.
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…