Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is surrounded by a great deal of controversy. It is a common flavoring agent in many Asian foods and has been linked to MSG symptom complex. There are hundreds of anecdotal reports from people who have developed the complex after consuming MSG. The media has capitalized on this issue and vilified MSG. Despite a prevalent belief that MSG can provoke a headache, asthma and other symptoms, there are no reliable clinical data to support these claims. Scientific studies continue to reveal that not only is MSG safe for general consumption, but there is not even an accepted daily intake quantity. It should be noted that the available evidence indicates that pregnant women and infants are at no increased risk when exposed to glutamate than are other members of the general population. Without a set accepted daily intake, one can freely consume MSG ad lib, without worrying about side effects.
The goal of this program is to provide healthcare providers with adequate information about monosodium glutamate, its physiology and its involvement in MSG symptom complex. Upon completion of this module, learners should be able to:
- Review the biochemical properties of monosodium glutamate and where it is found.
- Discuss the MSG symptom complex and how it relates to MSG.
- List evidence that refutes the role of MSG as the culprit in development of the MSG symptom complex.
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians and pharmacists.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Gannett Education is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Learning codes: 2000, 2020, 2030, 2040, 2100, 4000, 4040, 8000, 8130
Gannett Education is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).