At the restaurant I work at we never use MSG. Key word is “use”. Or to properly phrase it, we never add MSG to our foods. So, it does’t mean the ingredients that we use don’t already contain MSG. In fact, there are many ingredients and foods that already have MSG added to it.
MSG or Monosodium Glutamate (sounds sexy huh, “glutamate” – I wonder why?), has a bad connotation to it with the majority of people, but why? We’ve never used it in our restaurant because we knew it was somehow bad for people. What we heard was that it caused high blood pressure, so we didn’t use it. Also, we did’t like the idea of being “fake” with our food by adding the flavor enhancer to our food.
But is it really a flavor enhancer as we, ourselves, believed it to be? Let’s find out:
With that said, it all starts to make sense now. Our belief of it causing people to get high blood pressure was partially correct (it was just the tip of the iceberg).
MSG is a pleasure enhancer much like what drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, etc. does. The chemicals contained in MSG releases the pleasure chemicals, dopamine and serotonin, in your brain making you feel good. As you’ve watched, MSG doesn’t enhance the flavor of your food, it enhances your feeling of pleasure in your brain. So, when that happens, you are conditioned to relate pleasure with food
Ever had a strong craving for a certain food? I you think about it, you can now figure out why you had that craving.
So, basically MSG is sort of a legalized drug, and an addictive one at that. But it does’t make you addicted to the MSG itself, it makes you addicted to something way more dangerous, FOOD!
How can food be more dangerous than the drug itself? Come back and maybe you’ll find out… It’s more than what you’ve seen in that video.