Saturday, March 31, 2012
MSG is a derivative of gluatamic acid which is a neurotransmitter in the brain, so the taste is produced by alteration of neurotransmitters. The taste of MSG is called "Umami", a Japanese term
Some people are particularly sensitive to MSG and it produces symptoms like chest pain, flushing, headache, numbness, facial pressure, sweating, or excessive sleepiness, ect...This is called "Chinese restaurant syndrome" the commonest symptom Sri Lanakans experience is headache. Life threatening adverse effects have been reported such as palpitations, shortness of breath and feeling of swelling of throat. You may have experienced these symptoms; yet not have attributed them to the hidden MSG in your koththu roti, mix fried rice, curry cubes, burgers or sausages.