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MSG Used in Chinese Cuisine is Good for the Health, Scientist Says

Travelers Today       By    Czarina Ara Lasco

Updated: Feb 14, 2017 05:01 AM EST

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Monosodium Glutamate, or simply MSG, is widely used in Chinese foods. But people from all over the world have prevented themselves from putting MSG in their dishes because of its negative effects in the human body. However, a food scientist has opposed this common notion and has encouraged people to use MSG.

A food scientist named Steve Witherly contends that MSG should be used in cooking all the time which he also calls as "supersalt". Witherly has formulated a "supersalt" combination with one part MSG, nine parts salt and a pinchof disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate. Witherly, who authored "Why Humans Like Junk Food", says that the use of MSG is absolutely good for the body contrary to the belief of many people that it contains chemicals that are basically harmful for the health.

In a report by Business Insider, Witherly says that he actually uses MSG in almost all of his cooking. "I like to encourage my kids to eat a little healthier, so I'll sprinkle a little supersalt in there. That stuff is really powerful. For example, I had a whole-wheat pizza - and my kids hate whole wheat - so I put a little supersalt in the tomato sauce, and they sucked that whole thing down," Witherly explains.

According to a report by Independent, MSG is also blamed to be the cause of the "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" since almost every Chinese food has MSG on it and the symptoms of the said syndrome occur after people eat Chinese food. First coined in 1960s, people who eventually had this syndrome after eating Chinese food suffered from headache, dizziness, throbbing of the head, facial pressure, tightness of the jaw, back pain and chest pain.

Because of this syndrome, the fear among people has already continued when it comes to eating foods that are seasoned with MSG. However, despite negative feedbacks from people, Witherly still utters the goodness brought by using MSG. In fact, he explains that MSG supports a healthier way of living because it lessens the salt intake of people. As years go by, aside from Witherly, there are actually more and more scientists who appear to believe that MSG is perfectly safe for the body. 

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