Can I have an allergy to MSG?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Robert Gravani discusses if you can have an allergy to MSG.

    Host: Can I have an allergy to MSG?

    Bob B. Gravani: Well, it turns out that there has been a lot of people, who think that they are allergic to monosodium glutamate, but it turns out that the monosodium glutamate is actually the sodium salt of an amino acid, Glutamic acid and it's present in our bodies, it's present in food containing amino acids etcetera. There have been a lot of studies done, where these compounds have been given to volunteers and they have not been shown to elicit adverse reactions in these folks.

    So, I think the conventional wisdom based on the researches that monosodium glutamate does not cause allergic reactions, it causes some sensitivities in some people, but this would really be caused with very, very high amounts of this and very, very sensitive people, who haven't eaten other foods. So, there's other mechanisms that are going on there and they are still unclear and unknown.