Here is a link to
Executive Summary of a study commissioned by the FDA and written in
1995 in the Journal of Nutrition and edited by two members of the FASEB
about the Toxicity of MSG.
When the FASEB
report came out - it was attacked by the MSG industry and then misused
later in an attempt to say that it proved MSG was safe. We provide this
link so you can get the whole picture and not just a poor interpretation
by an industry that is used to paying for their "facts".
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) which
often reviews new studies about MSG admited in their own website that:
"IFIC is supported primarily by the
broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries." Industries that rely heavily on the use of MSG.
Example: The research done which was reported in the Journal of Allergy and
Clinical Immunology 104 (2) 1999 305-310 denouncing the MSG-asthma link reported
in the Execuitive Summary was supported by a grant from the
International Glutamate Technical Committee.
The very group mentioned
in this Executive Summary as not being independent or very scientific in
their analysis of the safety of MSG.
For an in-depth look at
the mountains of research that show MSG is harmful -
we couldn't fit it all on this page - see the Related
Research page of this website.
There are more links to
very recent research done see our Facebook Page as well.
Also read what the FDA had
to say on this issue:
What the FDA actually stated in 1995 about Monosodium
1995 report from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), an
independent body of scientists identifies two groups of people who may
develop a condition the report refers to as 'MSG symptom complex.' One group is those who
may be intolerant to MSG when eaten in a large quantity. The second is a group of people
with severe, poorly controlled asthma. These people, in addition to being prone to MSG
symptom complex, may suffer temporary worsening of asthmatic symptoms after consuming MSG.
The MSG dosage that produced reactions in
these people ranged from 0.5 grams to 2.5 grams...
agency believes that the report provides the basis to require glutamate labeling.
FDA will propose that foods containing significant
amounts of free glutamate (not bound in protein along with other amino acids) declare
glutamate on the label. This would allow consumers to distinguish between foods with
insignificant free glutamate levels and those that might contribute to a reaction...
the report's key findings:
An unknown percentage of the population may react to MSG and develop MSG symptom
complex, a condition characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:
sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest
in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms and back
warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms
pressure or tightness
(difficulty breathing) in MSG-intolerant people with asthma
otherwise healthy MSG-intolerant people, the MSG symptom complex tends to occur within one
hour after eating 3 grams or more of MSG on an empty stomach or without other food. A
typical serving of glutamate-treated food contains less than 0.5 grams of MSG. A reaction
is most likely if the MSG is eaten in a large quantity or in a liquid, such as a clear
poorly controlled asthma may be a predisposing medical condition for MSG symptom
level of vitamin B6 in a person's body plays a role in glutamate metabolism, and the
possible impact of marginal B6 intake should be considered in future
technically MSG is only one of several forms of free glutamate used in foods, consumers
frequently use the term MSG to mean all free glutamate. For this reason,
considers foods whose labels say 'No MSG' or 'No Added MSG' to be misleading if the food
contains ingredients that are sources of free glutamates, such as hydrolyzed protein...
1993, FDA proposed adding the phrase '(contains glutamate)' to the common or usual names
of certain protein hydrolysates that contain substantial amounts of glutamate. For example, if the proposal were adopted, hydrolyzed soy protein
would have to be declared on food labels as 'hydrolyzed soy protein (contains
Unfortunately, for those with asthma, migraine, and atrial fibrillation,
MSG as free glutamate remains a hidden food ingredient. This FDA labeling proposal
was killed by a powerful food lobby.
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