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Jun 20, 2014 03:57 PM


How can you avoid restaurants using MSG? I ate a vegetable curry at a Thai place five hours ago and it feels I ate an elephant.

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  1. I didn't know elephants had a lot of msg in them.
    Also, it's likely it was something else and not msg that caused your reaction.

    1. EC-- you've been on CH for quite a while, so certainly you know that many people have different opinions about what happens to their systems when they consume MSG
      Thankfully, I have never experienced any of the effects reported by others.

      Most Chinese and Japanese restaurants that are more casual in my area have a MSG disclaimer on the front door and on the menu and some even have a "NO MSG" sticker on their websites.

      I'm not sure about other kinds of cuisine.

      In the end, I would ask.

      In China, we learned that the best way to get the clearest answer was to ask your question in reverse.
      So, you should ask:
      "Oh, you guys DO use MSG, right?!"
      A sorry no would be a reassuring answer.

      Kris now in the DC/NoVA area

      1. Based on that single experience you blame msg?

        1. Well if you're sensitive to MSG there are a whole bunch of ingredients and foods that you should be avoiding......

          1. Way to be scientific regarding your symptoms. Must be msg!