If MSG is so safe, why does this rumor persist?
Palinski-Wade suspects allergies are to blame.
“In the same way that gluten is safe for most but needs to be avoided by those with an allergy, if you have a reaction [to MSG], you should limit your exposure,” she said.
MSG-filled food pairings could also be to blame. “It’s quite possible that other foods and ingredients, or even a combination of foods and ingredients may be the cause of symptoms,” Palinski-Wade said. “For example, a high sodium dish along with a glass of wine [could cause unpleasant symptoms].”
So… what do I do now?
To rule out an MSG allergy, Palinski-Wade recommends limiting the ingredient but eating and drinking similar foods and beverages to rule out a different cause of your discomfort. For the seriously concerned, seeking out a medical practitioner is always a smart move to ensure that nothing seriously wrong is going on. And if you discover you do have an MSG allergy, limit your exposure.
While MSG might not be the devil you grew up believing it to be, eating really is as simple as not consuming food that puts you into a state of distress. If your delivery is making you feel like crap, it’s probably time to start paying closer attention to those ratings on Seamless.
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Erin Kelly is a writer, marathoner, and triathlete living in New York City. She’s risking MSG consumption these days. Follow her on Twitter.