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Is It Bad For You?! MSG & SALT

Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit - Is It Bad For You?!. This week we tackle a couple of flavour enhancers (so make your food taste less crap) in salt and MSG. The issue is that MSG gets a bad wrap normally associated with terms such as "chemical", "manufactured" "not natural" etc and is even part of the "Chinese restaurant syndrome" thing that we do explore in this episode. We look at what MSG actually is, how it is made and look at the latest science to see if the backlash it gets is warranted. 

We then look at salt something you're probably more familiar with. More than just a flavour enhancer as we do go into - the question is though how much salt is too bad for you? We know we need it but the World Health Organisation says we have too much. While we do give some tips on how to reduce salt intake and ways of telling that are having too much, Tom pulls out a whopping research paper that indicated we may need to update the guidelines?! "Mic Drop"


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Studies Mentioned

Brain Damage in Infant Mice following Oral Intake of Glutamate, Aspartate or Cysteine

Brain Lesions in an Infant Rhesus Monkey Treated with Monosodium Glutamate

Effects of Chronic Administration of Sibutramine on Body Weight, Food Intake and Motor Activity in Neonatally Monosodium Glutamate-Treated Obese Female Rats: Relationship of Antiobesity Effect with Monoamines

Is there a relationship between dietary MSG obesity in animals or humans?

EFSA Re-Evaluation of MSG

Monosodium L-glutamate: A double-blind study and review

Headache and mechanical sensitization of human pericranial muscles after repeated intake of monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Does monosodium glutamate really cause headaches? : a systematic review of human studies

A double-blind study on the effects of monosodium glutamate in man

A review of the alleged health hazards of monosodium glutamate

Reduction of sodium content in spicy soups using monosodium glutamate

Sodium and health—concordance and controversy

Conflicting Evidence on Health Effects Associated with Salt Reduction Calls for a Redesign of the Salt Dietary Guidelines

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