Anybody know the long-term effects of MSG?
Posted by jeffrey at 11/17/2008
Does anybody know the long-term health effects of everyday consumption of MSG on the human body? Here is my situation: I have been living in Taiwan, and the more I look, the more I realize MSG is tossed into nearly everything. I even saw a tv commercial for msg yesterday. I am currently living in a buddhist temple that cooks strict vegetarian meals, but the cook insists on putting msg into every dish. I have tried asking her not to put it in, but she insists that she has to because people will complain if they don't taste it. My question is whether or not I should cause a huge stink about it, and hope they will change their ways, or is it ok for me to eat it 2X a day for the next 3 months? (I am leaving after that). Or should I refuse to eat with them and cook my own food if they still refuse to stop putting msg in everything?
Have you considered foraging? - see - http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/
After 3 months of foraging / eating mostly raw / some steaming & boiling - all without oil & salt & MSG - you may well have a big enough group of interested observers / admirers / followers to start your own "eco-temple".
Remember to always offer the cook & your fellow inmates a taste of your scrumptious food.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_making - another option could be to throw a coin!
Why is it used so blinking much in Asian cooking?
I don't know about the long term effects but I know about short term - my body treats MSG as poison and rejects it out as soon as possible - from either end!!
I use to work in a Thai resteruant, and they use to pile MSG into certain dishes, but not all, like "Pad Thai", where its pretty much a grot sticky flat noodle soup and all you can taste is the MSG... yum yum