Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a common food enhancer that tastes like umami. We all know that taste includes four categories: Bitter, sour, salty, and sweet. Well, MSG is said to have a fifth unique taste known as umami and has a savory flavor of the meat. Manufacturers use MSG to improve that umami flavor, but its consumption turned out to have negative side effects (even in small quantities).
MSG can be mostly found in processed foods and is very difficult to avoid unless the packaging states that the item contains no MSG, but even then, other forms of manufactured free glutamic acid can still be used in these foods. In fact, synthetically produced glutamates might have various names but they all basically are MSG. Common MSG-related glutamates include glutamic acid, yeast extract, protein concentrates, autolyzed yeasts, and hydrolyzed proteins, which can be found in many common foods.
According to a study published in Life Science and other health pages, young rats that were given MSG were more prone to developing depression and anxiety.
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