MSG: Umami and Chinese Restaurant Syndrome


Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, New York, United States Patrick GUEDJ/Gamma-Rapho/Getty

Monosodium glutamate has accumulated quite an undeserving reputation over the years, forcing many an Asian restaurant to post “No MSG” signs lest customers run in fear of foreign, flavor-hacking chemicals. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and science of MSG and explore just why we demonized it for so long.

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Topics in this Podcast: China, Food, culture