About MSG:
MSG is also known as Ve-tsin or E621. MSG reportedly causes many symptoms in sensitive individuals. Adverse effects have been associated with the free glutamates in it since its introduction into western food in 1948. At first, it was identified as 'Chinese Restaurant Syndrome', symptoms including burning, numbness, facial pressure, chest pain and headaches. Also, reports of a preliminary study published in the 'International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine' in 2009 said MSG may have a toxic effect on certain brain cells.

Some people report experiencing headache, numbness, chest pain and sweating after eating foods containing MSG. Other symptoms are migraines, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, asthma, insomnia, depression, heart palpitations, ventricular fibrillation, AF (atrial fibrillation), children's behaviour and attention problems.

Effects are related to dose – the more you eat, the more likely you are to be affected. Some people are more sensitive than others. Effects are worse when taken on an empty stomach – that is when most people eat.

Foods you should avoid:
You should avoid mainly packaged and processed foods containing MSG. Potato chips, frozen dinners, cold cuts (meats), gravies, ranch dressing (salad dressing), salty flavored snacks, fermented packaged foods,  soy sauce, processed  fruits and vegetables, tomatoes (naturally contain MSG) and  pickles are likely to contain MSG.

Precautions you should take:
Avoid packed foods as they contain MSG. Do see quantity of MSG on food packets before buying. Also, ingredients containing MSG, may be listed as hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast, glutamic acid and yeast extract.

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