“Poison Center? My Kid Just Ate Some MSG!”

Do you think monosodium glutamate can kill you?  Well, it might if you ate about a bucket of it, then tripped over the bucket and smashed your head on the floor.  But any excessive amounts you could eat in a day over a lifetime, won’t do anything but make your food taste better.

Say what? MSG isn’t deadly? Nope, just a typical example of anecdotal health bullshit the media grabs and blows up to sell papers.  And you, of course, believed it (unless you’re an Italian who doesn’t believe anything).

So why do Chinese restaurants advertise “No MSG Used”?  Well what would you do if masses of ignorant diners refused to have dinner at your humble eatery because they think they’ll be poisoned?

Have you ever noticed that unlike tobacco, alcohol, saccharine, and a zillion other things, there are no government warnings about MSG?  That’s because there’s never been a valid, scientific study by the government or the academic world to show that MSG is harmful – except to owners of Chinese restaurants.

One Response to ““Poison Center? My Kid Just Ate Some MSG!””

  1. Bill says:

    Avoiding perfectly good food for no valid reason is at least harmless. How about all those dolts who won’t get their children immunized for fear of autism? Or avoid the flu shot because it will give them the flu? Or won’t do weight-training for fear of becoming muscle bound?

    It’s time we faced up to the truth; human beings aren’t all that bright.

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