Hatrack River
Home   |   About Orson Scott Card   |   News & Reviews   |   OSC Library   |   Forums   |   Contact   |   Links
Research Area   |   Writing Lessons   |   Writers Workshops   |   OSC at SVU   |   Calendar   |   Store
E-mail this page
Hatrack River Forum Post New Topic  Post A Reply
my profile login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Hatrack River Forum » Active Forums » Books, Films, Food and Culture » Eat more MSG

   
Author Topic: Eat more MSG
Samprimary
Member
Member # 8561

 - posted      Profile for Samprimary   Email Samprimary         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
MSG is a naturally-occurring chemical found in many foods, and that we're all wary of it as a result of a single highly-publicized study (that was probably rigged).

Fear over MSG that has resulted is strong enough to create an observable negative psychosomatic response (up to and including itchiness, palpitations and hives) in people when you tell them they have consumed MSG. Without regard to if they have actually had MSG.

Posts: 14151 | Registered: Aug 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Juxtapose
Member
Member # 8837

 - posted      Profile for Juxtapose   Email Juxtapose         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
[Party]
Posts: 2907 | Registered: Nov 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Juxtapose
Member
Member # 8837

 - posted      Profile for Juxtapose   Email Juxtapose         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
(The party's because now I only have to worry about eating too much sodium in general.)
Posts: 2907 | Registered: Nov 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TomDavidson
Member
Member # 124

 - posted      Profile for TomDavidson   Email TomDavidson         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I confess that I deliberately add MSG to my food sometimes.
Posts: 36936 | Registered: May 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Belle
Member
Member # 2314

 - posted      Profile for Belle   Email Belle         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Shhhh!!! Quit inserting real facts into our mass induced hysteria!
Posts: 14422 | Registered: Aug 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
C3PO the Dragon Slayer
Member
Member # 10416

 - posted      Profile for C3PO the Dragon Slayer           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I always knew the hysteria over MSG was just a distraction from the real problem of dihydrogen monoxide.
Posts: 1018 | Registered: Apr 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Mucus
Member
Member # 9735

 - posted      Profile for Mucus           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mucus says 'Meh'
Posts: 7468 | Registered: Sep 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Samprimary
Member
Member # 8561

 - posted      Profile for Samprimary   Email Samprimary         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Belle:
Shhhh!!! Quit inserting real facts into our mass induced hysteria!

It won't stop people from assuming en masse that they have the mythical MSG allergy.
Posts: 14151 | Registered: Aug 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Dan_Frank
Member
Member # 8488

 - posted      Profile for Dan_Frank   Email Dan_Frank         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
I confess that I deliberately add MSG to my food sometimes.

It makes things taste so delicious!
Posts: 3580 | Registered: Aug 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
AvidReader
Member
Member # 6007

 - posted      Profile for AvidReader   Email AvidReader         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's interesting. When I was about 12 or so, my family got some Chinese take out on vacation and afterwards everyone ended up with a spliting headache. That was the first I'd heard of MSG, though I assumed it had to be a super high dose to bother me since most Chinese food doesn't. I guess MSG didn't deserve any of the blame.
Posts: 2283 | Registered: Dec 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
The Rabbit
Member
Member # 671

 - posted      Profile for The Rabbit   Email The Rabbit         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow, the chemistry in that article was really deplorably bad.
Posts: 12590 | Registered: Jan 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
dabbler
Member
Member # 6443

 - posted      Profile for dabbler   Email dabbler         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I didn't read the article, but I love the taste of MSG. My mom used to add Accent to some of her cooking, which is MSG in a bottle.


Mmm that ramen'y umami flavor.

Posts: 1260 | Registered: Apr 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Sterling
Member
Member # 8096

 - posted      Profile for Sterling   Email Sterling         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I suspect, like many things, that MSG can cause strong reactions in some people. I agree that that isn't a good reason for mass hysteria. MSG remains in an awful lot of foods, including nearly every "flavored" chip and cracker you find on grocery shelves.

Oh, and I had ramen in a ramen restaurant when I was on Oahu a week ago, and it was awesome. I wish we could get a ramen restaurant where we live. [Smile]

Posts: 3825 | Registered: May 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Aros
Member
Member # 4873

 - posted      Profile for Aros           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yes, there are many people who have reactions to cheese, meat, and mushrooms. They call it a cheatroomadosis
Posts: 1204 | Registered: Mar 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
MightyCow
Member
Member # 9253

 - posted      Profile for MightyCow           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Fun fact: When a food lists "natural flavors" in the ingredients, that is often code for MSG.
Posts: 3950 | Registered: Mar 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Teshi
Member
Member # 5024

 - posted      Profile for Teshi   Email Teshi         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am a big fan of umami.
Posts: 8473 | Registered: Apr 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Samprimary
Member
Member # 8561

 - posted      Profile for Samprimary   Email Samprimary         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Sterling:
I suspect, like many things, that MSG can cause strong reactions in some people.

Actual reactions to MSG, or the whole "oriental restaurant syndrome" is conspicuously absent from nearly anyone's physiology.

Food allergies are something we like to invent for ourselves. About a quarter of all people think they have some sort of food allergy — the latest in vogue food allergy is people assuming they are allergic or 'sensitive' to gluten. MSG allergies are extremely rare, to the extent that I'm not sure if they've been conclusively observed or not. But psyching yourself out to think you have an adverse reaction to MSG is easy.

Posts: 14151 | Registered: Aug 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.
UBB Code™ Images not permitted.
Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Hatrack River Home Page

Copyright © 2008 Hatrack River Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classic™ 6.7.2