It's the Umami, Stupid. Why the Truth About MSG is So Easy to Swallow.

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Scientific interest in its deleterious effects seems to be waning: one of the last studies to gain public attention was published in 2011. The authors of that study claimed to have found a link between MSG and obesity, though those results have been questioned. While the general scientific consensus seems to be that only in large doses and on an empty stomach can MSG temporarily affect a small subset of the population, MSG’s reputation is still maligned in the public eye.

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So there's another 'bad' ingredient I don't have to worry about, along with salt. I'm coming to the conclusion that my grandmother was right: all things in moderation.

With that thought in mind I'm off to get myself another beer.