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    Your thoughts about using MSG?

    Monosodium glutamate.
    I know it's a controversial subject for many, but I want to know if you use it, and if so, do you think it really is a flavor enhancer.
    I had a shaker of Accent years ago, no recollection about how it might have added to the flavor of food.
    Pros and cons are all over the internet, of course, here's what the FDA says:
    https://www.fda.gov/food/food-additi...-glutamate-msg
    Many natural foods have glutamate, MSG is supposed to be no different than naturally occurring. Some bbq rub recipes call for it.
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    For our household, we generally don't use rubs that contain MSG. Wife has shown that she responds negatively to BBQ at contests because of the high MSG usage by teams. Responds as if she has the 3 day flu !

    Only happens when higher concentrations are used....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bass View Post
    For our household, we generally don't use rubs that contain MSG. Wife has shown that she responds negatively to BBQ at contests because of the high MSG usage by teams. Responds as if she has the 3 day flu !

    Only happens when higher concentrations are used....
    Pretty much what my research found, in order for a reaction to happen it has to be in an amount much higher than what normal usage would be.
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    I don't shy away from it, but I don't really go out of my way to include it. I have had what I think was a reaction to MSG in the past after a family member used 'a bunch' at a family dinner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KE Quist View Post
    I don't shy away from it, but I don't really go out of my way to include it. I have had what I think was a reaction to MSG in the past after a family member used 'a bunch' at a family dinner.
    I don't avoid it, and I avoid adding it to rub recipes if called for.

    My relatives used to use a seasoning called Onera, it's basically a seasoning salt but 50% MSG. My cousins still love it.

    I got some steak seasoning that's called Uncle Chris' Steak seasoning, it has quite a bit of MSG (recognize the crystals). It's pretty good but I doubt I'll look for it again.

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    Went to a Chinese fast food chain a few years ago that "claims" they don't use msg. Had a bad reaction, barely made it home before passing out. Won't touch the stuff now.

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    I don't avoid it. I use it when a recipe calls for it. Otherwise I don't. It's not something I use routinely.

    It's my understanding that many people (not all) who think they are responding to MSG are experiencing something else. Similar to L-tryptophan at Thanksgiving not being the cause of your sleepiness.

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    I don't use it.
    Just because I think it is not necessary, not because of health reasons

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    I use it , as BRITU calls for it. I will add it to other recipes just for the h of it. No reactions here
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    I don't purposely add it like S&P but it's in a few spice blends I use. Chef Merito, Cavenders, Sazon Goya.

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