Poor, poor, bullied MSG. It’s the Edward Scissorhands of condiments. Everyone thinks that it’s going to harm them, give them heart palpitations and hot flashes and maybe even cancer/leprosy/the Andromeda Strain. And all this, even though, as David Chang says in this speech from the MAD Symposium, there are no studies that have proven that the umami-giving MSG has any negative effects on health. In fact, plenty of foods already contain natural MSG (tomatoes, parmesan), or artificial MSG (Marmite, Vegemite) — so why the hate on MSG in Asian foods? Chang tackles this question, as well as how he plans to help people overcome this fear.
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