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TV programme discovers the surprising truth about MSG

Often on the receiving end of negative comments and bad publicity, a new TV programme has uncovered the truth about flavour enhancer MSG (Monosodium Glutamate).

Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped recently went behind the scenes at MSG manufacturer Ajinomoto, and unearthed some surprising facts.

For example, MSG – the subject of more than 80 scientific studies – is actually derived from natural ingredients, primarily tapioca.

Monosodium glutamate is the sodium salt of glutamic acid. And glutamate is a naturally occurring amino acid found in nearly all foods, including stock cubes, dried noodles and even breast milk!

In the European Union, monosodium glutamate is classified as a food additive (E621) and regulations are in place to determine how and when it can be added to foods.

It’s added to savoury prepared and processed foods, such as frozen foods, spice mixes, canned and dry soups, salad dressings and meat or fish-based products. It’s also used as a table-top seasoning in some countries.

To find out more, watch Food Unwrapped here:


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22 June 2017

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