Tasty but still bad for health
by Richard Seah
SEVERAL newspaper reports have suggested that MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is safe or even good for health. The latest came from a lecturer in Natural Sciences and Science Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in a recent newspaper article titled Tasty facts about MSG.
I feel this warrants closer attention. Have we been blaming MSG unfairly for numbness of the face, neck and shoulders, dizziness, rapid heart beats and other symptoms of "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome"?
The article fails to discuss this at length but merely states: "Scientific evidence has shown no association of MSG with the concerns of hair loss, headache and allergic reactions."