MSG is a short name for monosodium glutamate. It is a naturally occurring sodium salt of amino acid, namely glutamic acid.
Monosodium glutamate is similar in appearance to salt and sugar. MSG is used to enhance the flavor of various foods; especially it is used in Chinese dishes. Besides this it is added in canned vegetables, soups, processed meats etc.
Recently, the use of MSG has increased many folds as a food additive, so do the number of people having MSG allergy.
MSG Allergy Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of MSG allergy are: symptoms appear soon after eating food and food products containing MSG
- Confusion and mental disorientation.
- Skin rash and itching.
- Jaw tightness
- Breathing difficulty and wheezing.
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Treatment For MSG Reaction
- Avoiding MSG containing food products is best measure if you are allergic to it.
- You should read the labels of food products and avoid if MSG is present in them.
- Eat Chinese food prepared without MSG.
- Your doctor may treat the MSG allergy symptoms symptomatically with anti histamines and other medicines.
- To moderate the symptoms of MSG allergy, consume food containing vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B complex. These include beet, radish, carrot, berries, brown rice, and citrus fruits such as kiwi, papaya, orange and sweet lime.
Foods To Avoid In MSG Allergy
- Autolyzed yeast extracts.
- Sodium caseinate
- Hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein.
- Tomato and tomato puree.
- Chinese food containing MSG.