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MSG: What is it?

The title of this blog post is one that I get all the time once I tell someone that I have an MSG sensitivity. Many people have hear of it, but still don’t know what it is, what it’s used for, or why it’s in our food. I’m hoping to shed a little bit of light on that in this post.  This is not meant to be a complete source, but to give you a starting point. So, what is MSG? MSG (or Monosodium Glutamate) is typically used as a flavor enhancer in foods. Most people know of it from its use in American Chinese food, but it was introduced to the US via Japan around the time of World War 2.  Since then, it has found it’s way into many of our pre-packaged and convenience type foods. It can be difficult to identify in foods as, while a product may not have MSG in it specifically, there may ingredients that contain MSG in them. Reading labels is always your best friend at the grocery …