Do you cringe when someone mentions MSG (monosodium glutamate)? While it gets a bad rap as causing Chinese Restaurant Syndrome,
most scientific studies prove that moderate amounts of this flavor enhancer have no adverse effects on healthy people. The studies don't seem to really matter though, since MSG has the reputation of causing headaches, nausea, dizziness, numbing of the lips (weird), and heart palpitations, so most people try to avoid it.
It's hard though, since MSG can be found in many food products, and the list of ingredients won't necessarily say "monosodium glutamate." Other food additives contain MSG too such as hydrolyzed soy protein, glutamic acid, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, and autolyzed yeast. That means many common products have hidden MSG in them. Want to know which ones? Then read more
Hidden MSG can be found in: Doritos, Chex Mix, Stove Top Stuffing, Bologna, and even some salad dressings contain monosodium glutamate or other ingredients that also contain MSG. Honestly though, many of these products contain a lot of other unhealthy ingredients and not much actual food, so you're probably not eating these too often anyway. It's definitely good to be aware though, especially if you found that your body is sensitive to MSG.
Have you come across any other foods that surprisingly contain MSG? Share the details in the comment section below.