We’ve all been to a Chinese buffet, felt stuffed, then an hour or so later, feelings of hunger returned. This is partially due to the manufactured salt, monosodium glutamate also known as MSG. So, this begs the question, does MSG cause weight gain. Studies have found that the addition of MSG to an otherwise low calorie, meal low in protein did not modify background metabolism or respiratory quotient. This means that generally speaking, MSG ingestion does not by itself affect the hormones that control levels of glucose and protein metabolism, total metabolism rate, or even nutrient utilization.
What is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG), also known as sodium glutamate, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid. MSG is used in cooking as a flavor enhancer with a taste that intensifies the meaty, savory flavor of food. MSG works the same as the naturally occurring compound, glutamate does in foods such as meat soups and savory stews.
The Side Effects of MSG
MSG symptom complex, which is the culmination of how the body reacts to the manufactured salt, monosodium glutamate. Some of the symptoms of MSG symptom complex include the following:
- Facial pressure or tightness
- Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck, and other areas
- Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
- Chest pain
MSG has been known to cause primarily obesity, certain metabolic disorders, Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, neurotoxic effects and other severely detrimental effects on the reproductive organs. MSG is a manufactured sodium salt that enhances the smell and taste of food, most particularly fast, unhealthy food, and stimulates hunger, making you crave those salty junk foods. The truth is that food additives are often added to processed foods by manufacturers in order to cause food cravings.
Benefits of MSG
MSG enhances flavor with only a third of the sodium of table salt. The consensus of doctors and the opinion of the American government is that Americans consume an unhealthy amount of salt. MSG can be used to reduce sodium in these foods without a taste trade-off. However, again studies have found that in general that those who consumed the most MSG also overused regular salt in their diets, which can itself cause weight gain and water retention.