MSG and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

Question: I note that MSG is rated as best avoided and that Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate is rated as safe. I am confused about glutamate safety and how it differs between the two additives? Is it not the glutamate component that is dangerous?

Answer: Here we are talking about foods and cosmetics. The main problems with MSG occur when it is ingested, for instance as a food additive. Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate is a cosmetic ingredient and although it is a ‘hidden’ source of MSG, reactions from cosmetics are less likely to occur. Hence the for MSG and the for Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate. Of course, if you were to ingest Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate it may be a different story.

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