4 Side Effects Of MSG In Food

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Affects your calorie intake

MSG has a stimulating umami (savoury) tinge that can release certain appetite-controlling hormones. There is evidence to suggest that MSG-flavoured soup makes you consume less calories at a later stage. However, some studies state the contrary. MSG may also increase a person’s calorie intake later. So choose more fulfilling food options instead of depending on MSG to curb your appetite.


Everybody’s physiology is unique. While some may not be affected by MSG, others can experience some unfortunate side-effects such as headaches, weakness, and nausea. Those side effects worsen with higher doses of MSG. It is not clear exactly why, but some people seem to be more sensitive to this additive.


MSG can make a flavourful addition to your food. But it is possible that MSG can cause one to gain weight. As with many studies on MSG, there have been conflicting results about this. While some claim that the statement about MSG leading to weight gain is exaggerated and there is no conclusive proof. Others claim that its tastiness can cause higher cravings for other food as it interrupts the hormonal balance in the body which ends up causing weight gain.


This is one of the popularly known side effects of MSG. While food additives do not commonly trigger asthma, they may have that effect once one ingests something they are allergic to. Though studies do not show a link between asthma and MSG, people still report it as having triggered asthma in them.

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