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You should refer to the discussion here: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/5460/are-msg-and-accent-the-same-thing Some relevant points: MSG is found naturally in seaweed and other things. It is used to enhance the flavors it is combined with. It is completely harmless unless you are limiting your sodium intake. Check out the wikipedia article on ...
As you are no doubt aware, there are 5 basic tastes - salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. Umami is the savoury flavour of mushrooms, cheese, cured meats, and so on. MSG is essentially 'pure' umami. In other words, MSG is to umami what salt is to salty and sugar is to sweet. So if you add it to savoury dishes (throw a parmesan rind in to vegetable soup ...
MSG has been the subject of debate because of its possible effects on health -- most commonly headaches. While there is a stigma attached to MSG, there hasn't been any conclusive research to show that MSG is in fact linked to adverse reactions. MSG (aka glutamates) serves as a flavor enhancer. Using it creates a richer, meatier, mushroomy taste and brings ...
MSG is the primary ingredient in Accent. The full ingredient list for Accent "original flavor" is as follows: Monosodium Glutamate, Salt, Chili Pepper, Tricalcium Phosphate (As Anticaking Agent), Spice (Cumin, Oregano), Paprika Extractives(color), Garlic Extractives, Onion Extractives, Yellow No.6 Lake, Yellow No.5 Lake.
Sources say: yes! Spice Seasoning, Accent Seasoning, MSG Accent Seasoning and its benefits This PDF also shows what you can look for on a label to indicate MSG's presence.
You would find it difficult to stay away from MSG since it occurs naturally in most foods. Concerning the dangers of using it as a taste enhancer, I imagine the health issues are similar to those of other sodium salts.
"Accent" is simply a brand name. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is the generic name of the compound. Edit: Hobodave is also correct, and this answer might seem misleading alongside it, so I want to clarify. You rarely see pure generic MSG outside of labs and specialty stores. Normally when you see a recipe call for MSG, it is referring to one of the various ...
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