Monosodium Glutamate or GMG appears in many food preparations such as stock cubes, crisps and cracker flavorings, soups, salad dressings and among other things, instant noodles.
Unfortunately, to the uninitiated, MSG is not always easy to determine as an ingredient of shop bought food. Here are some of the names used on packaging. monosodium salt, monosodium glutamate, monohydrate, monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate, MSG monohydrate, sodium glutamate monohydrate, L-Glutamic acid and monohydrate.
So why should we avoid this seemingly ubiquitous product? Well the growing scientific evidence points to regular intake of MSG as being a driver of fat accumulation in the liver. In fact, in scientific studies where rats are being used and a group of rats are needed to have a fatty liver as part of the experiment then this group receive MSG in their drinking water.
Once again, the reading of labels is hugely important if we buy ready to use products from the supermarket. MSG is one of those products we should avoid in all of its disguises.
Collison KS, Maqbool Z, Saleh SM, et al. Effect of dietary monosodium glutamate on trans fat-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. J Lipid Res. 2009;50(8):1521–1537. doi:10.1194/jlr.M800418-JLR200