Tag: MSG

Cooking at home helps manage chemical exposure

Posted on 23 January 2012 in Blog by L. Schneider
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There is no doubt that cooking at home gives you the best possible control over chemicals and additives in your diet. But occasionally it’s fun to go out to eat and, when we do, we are a little at the … Continue reading

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Yes to spices, no to artificial flavours

Posted on 10 January 2012 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Next time you open a sachet of powdered flavouring to add to noodles, stop and think what else you could use from your pantry. The sachet most likely contains at least one form of MSG and a range of other … Continue reading

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MSG has many different names

Posted on 18 September 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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The food additive 621 MSG is most obviously found listed on a label as 620-622. However MSG is contained in may other ingredients food where it is not listed so conveniently. To avoid MSG in all its disguises be on … Continue reading

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Bad food additives in disguise – meat glue

Bad food additives are bad for health, but meat glue, also known as thrombian or transglutimanese enzyme, is a concerning addition to all sorts of food products that we aren?t even told about.

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What is hydrolised vegetable protein (HVP)? – the MSG link

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Health concerns over food additive 621 MSG are common among today’s consumers. Avoiding MSG typically involves avoiding additives in the range 620-637 but there are ways MSG creeps into our foods without falling into this numerical range.

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Reading food labels 101

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Reading food labels can be a satisfying experience! Every now and again, I come across an item that has no questionable additives or chemicals in it and I give a quiet hip hooray. Food manufacturers are changing their approach to … Continue reading

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The harmful additive loophole

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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According to Australian product labeling requirements, if an additive amounts to less than 5% of the product, the manufacturer does not need to list it on the ingredients list. This, of course, can be very misleading to consumers who understandably … Continue reading

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E330 – E333 inquiry about adverse reactions from MSG

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Question: My husband has a known sensitivity to MSG and associated flavour enhancers but recently he also seems to be reacting to citric acid and other citrates (E330 -E333). We have the third edition of the chemical maze and in … Continue reading

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Food Additive of the Week E621 – MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Although traditional Asian cuisine had often used seaweed extract, which contains high concentrations of glutamic acid, it was not until 1907 that MSG was isolated by Kikunae Ikeda. MSG was subsequently patented by Ajinomoto Corporation of Japan in 1909.

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MSG and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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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 … Continue reading

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