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Jun 18, 2007 09:40 PM

You find MSG where?!?

This might be fun... name all the foods you know have MSG.... I will start Cheetos!

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    1. Pretty much all soy sauce and bean curd.

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        1. re: Non Cognomina

          MSG is a combo of sodium and glutamate ions that are naturally occurring in fermented soy products (and lots of other stuff). A company is not required to list MSG as an ingredient if it is a byproduct of natural production. From the Kikkoman website:

          "Soy sauce is a flavor enhancer primarily because of its amino acid content. Many amino acids have been identified both as flavor potentiators and umami contributors -- most notably, glutamic acid...[which] may work synergistically with salt to produce an enhancing effect, according to one researcher. Soy sauce, as previously discussed, has plenty of both."

      1. For more fun, look for 'hydrolized yeast protein'. A different alias for our culprit.

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        1. remember Accent? The "favor enhancer" was just 100% MSG

          1. flavor....I am illiterate today