Monosodium glutamate 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 headache, asthma and other symptoms, there is 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 MSG 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 continuing education program is to provide pharmacists and dietitians with adequate information about monosodium glutamate, its physiology and its involvement in MSG symptom complex. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify the biochemical properties of monosodium glutamate and where MSG is found
- Discuss MSG symptom complex and how it relates to MSG
- List evidence that refutes MSG’s role as the culprit in the development of MSG symptom complex
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning 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.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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