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Here is a link to the 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".

Example:   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 Glutamate:

"A 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...

"The 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...

"Among 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:

  • burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest

  • numbness in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms and back

  • tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms

  • facial pressure or tightness

  • chest pain

  • headache

  • nausea

  • rapid heartbeat

  • bronchospasm (difficulty breathing) in MSG-intolerant people with asthma

  • drowsiness

  • weakness.

"In 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 soup.

"Severe, poorly controlled asthma may be a predisposing medical condition for MSG symptom complex...

"The 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 research...

"While 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, FDA 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...

"In 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 glutamate).'" ...

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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