An Undeserving Villain: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG has gained significant bad publicity in recent years. Chinese restaurants proudly display “No MSG” signs behind their counters and there are plenty of websites claiming to purport “the truth about MSG”. How did MSG come to gain such a negative reputation and does it deserve it?

The term “Chinese restaurant syndrome” was coined by a Chinese-Americn doctor, Robert Ho Man Kwok, who wrote a letter to a scientific journal complaining about experiencing palpitations and numbness after eating in Chinese restaurants. MSG was quickly identified as…