MSG Side Effects

Draft by: Reza Farnood
Cooking & Company Restaurant and Catering

As a restaurant mentor and trained chef by NY Restaurant School, I always were aware of MSG side effects. However, public knowledge on this matter is either brief or totally ignorant. What we need to understand is that when you eat food you must feel energetic and strong regardless of the food’s greasiness or healthiness. No matter if the food has 100 calories or has 3000 calories. While a greasy food not good for you, MSG is always a poison. Simple solution that I prefer to offer to my friends and customers is that if you dine out and have one of the following symptoms stay away from that food and restaurant. Most of the restaurant owners even don’t know if their food contain MSG or not since they buy them in can or frozen in the box. But for sure, it is not the Chinese food only that saturated with MSG. Italian cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine, Middle Eastern Cuisine, Mexican cuisine in addition to American cuisines are smear with poison MSG. Make no mistake, MSG is not an allergy, but has different degree of harm based upon your body.


•    Numbness                                           •    Nausea
•    Burning sensation                             •    Rapid heartbeat
•    Tingling                                               •    Drowsiness
•    Facial pressure or tightness            •    Weakness
•    Chest pain                                           •    Difficulty breathing for asthmatics
•    Headache                                            •    Obesity

1- Stimulates the nerve cells in your mouth, as well as the brain. It targets the centers of hunger and taste and smell.

2-  Unnaturally tenderizes any low quality ingredients to taste delicious in a very short time. Simple MSG solution is extremely cost effect to make competitive dishes.

3- Creates addiction like nicotine that your body keep asking for it; even if you are not hungry or ready to eat.

It has been discussed lately in allergist office magazines that MSG is not an allergen. It was never considered one.
What most people don’t realize is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance or sensitivity.
MSG Sensitivity Unlike food allergies which affect only certain individuals (only 2% – 5% of the population), and involve an antibody response of the immune system, food sensitivities affect many more people. You can be allergic to nuts and have an immune response to them, and  someone else may have absolutely no immune response at all. Sensitivities are a different matter.  There are no antibodies involved and in the case of MSG, the free glutamic acid in it acts in us all in the same way. It is a neurotransmitter – it causes nerve cells to fire.
If it only worked in 2% of the population, there wouldn’t be any money in it. It is basically a drug like alcohol or caffeine.

Unfortunately, MSG also may affect the allergy response as well although it may not initiate it. According to new
research from Johns Hopkins, the immune system is disturbed by nervous system over-stimulation.
This is a problem because MSG is a nervous system excitatory neurotransmitter.  Glutamate triggers nerve cells to fire.