Originally Posted by meatstick
What's the msg for?
Monosodium glutamate (MSG, also known as sodium glutamate) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids. Monosodium glutamate is naturally found in tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, potatoes, mushrooms, and other vegetables and fruits.
MSG is used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer with an umami taste that intensifies the meaty, savory flavor of food, as naturally occurring glutamate does in foods such as stews and meat soups. It was first prepared by Japanese biochemist Kikunae Ikeda, who was seeking to isolate and duplicate the savory taste of kombu, an edible seaweed used as a base for many Japanese soups. MSG as a flavor enhancer balances, blends, and rounds the perception of other tastes. It is particularly popular in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine.
In large quantities, MSG, is reported to cause "Chinese restaurant syndrome", in that large doses of MSG are reported to cause headaches and other feelings of discomfort, but scientists have been unable to trigger such reactions in controlled studies.
It's the same thing as "Accent" Flavor Enhancer.