Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor-booster which is found in a variety of packaged foods and restaurant dishes. It makes the taste of food delicious by exciting nerves on the tongue and in the brain. It is mainly common in Asian cooking but is also usually used in processed meats, preserved vegetables, and clear soups. Monosodium glutamate is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a white, crystalline salt-like ingredient. The body uses the carboxylate anion of glutamic acid which is also called as glutamate to help diffuse messages within the brain. Glutamate is found in all foods that contain protein. There is a number of people who are sensitive to MSG and they believe that MSG is an excitotoxin, which contributes to a number of long-term circumstances affecting the brain. The people who frequently suffer from opposing reactions to MSG are “MSG-sensitive” or “MSG intolerant”, a condition called MSG symptom complex. MSG intolerance is not actually an allergy because it does not include a response by the immune system. As with all food sensitivities, the best way to solve MSG sensitivity is to avoid MSG.
There is no as such test for this problem so no preparation is required. The only thing you can do is to see that after consuming MSG products if you feel some problem, you should simply avoid them.
There are a number of symptoms of this problem. They are:-
• Breathing difficulty (asthmatics)
• Burning or numbness in the back of the neck
• Burning or numbness inside or around the mouth
• Chest pain
• Facial pressure or tightness
• Heart palpations
• Joint pain
• Neurological disorders
• Rapid heartbeat
A •runny nose or congestion
• Shortness of breath
• Tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, neck, arms and upper back
The most severe, but infrequent, symptom not listed above is anaphylaxis, which includes two or
more body systems, and needs instant medical attention.
There is no test for this problem, so there is no procedure.
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