The Effects of MSG and Why It Should Not Be Used in Confinement Meal Preparation
Monosodium glutamate, or more commonly known as MSG, is a flavour enhancer used widely in the preparation of food. It is said that any food, with MSG added can taste like it was prepared by an award-winning chef.
Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a generally safe ingredient in food preparation, there have been numerous debates on whether it is a healthy choice to consume MSG on a daily basis.
The confinement period after a woman delivers is said to be a time of recuperating and replenishing the body. Which is why mothers take extra care in ensuring that the food they consume are packed with all the essential vitamins and nutrients needed to boost their recovery.
Over the years, researches have shown that the disadvantages of consuming MSG outweigh its advantages. Reports have shown that long-term or excessive consumption of MSG could lead to serious health issues like diabetes, adrenal gland malfunction, high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, stroke and other health problems. A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology advises that MSG should not be used by pregnant women, infants, children, women of childbearing age, and individuals with affective disorders.
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In conclusion, prevention is always better than cure. Although we can’t guarantee the best way to avoid MSG, a few useful tips would be to avoid processed food. Restaurants may use MSG in their food preparation but you can always request that no MSG be added to your meal. You may want to read up on the types of food that may contain MSG or create MSG during processing. Additionally, if you find a trusted restaurant or eatery which you know for sure, does not use MSG in their food preparation, that is one place to stick to when having your meals outside.
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