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Adverse Reactions In Humans Thought To Be Related To Ingestion Of Elevated Levels Of Free Monosodium Glutamate (Msg) (Chinese Restaurant Syndrome And Other Reactions)

  • Liane Reif-Lehrer
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Monosodium glutamate is widely used as a flavor enhancer. A number of adverse effects in humans have been attributed to ingestion of this substance. The most well known of these is the so-called Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. Various studies have been done to attempt to substantiate that glutamate is indeed the etiologic factor responsible for the reported symptoms. No measurable signs appear to be associated with the syndrome. Symptoms can be quite frightening but appear to be transient and rely on subjective reports of reactors. Other adverse reactions, presumably associated with ingestion of glutamate, are also discussed.


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  • Liane Reif-Lehrer
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  1. 1.Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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