MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a flavor enhancer that is commonly used in Asian cuisine and processed foods. It is made up of glutamic acid and sodium and is generally considered safe for consumption in moderate amounts. However, some people may experience digestive system-related side effects after consuming MSG.
Here are some potential effects of MSG on the digestive system:
Nausea and vomiting
Consuming excessive amounts of MSG may cause nausea and vomiting in some individuals.
Some people may experience diarrhea after consuming MSG.
Bloating and gas
MSG may cause bloating and gas in some individuals.
Some people may experience stomach discomfort after consuming MSG.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
MSG may trigger IBS symptoms in some individuals, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea.
It is important to note that these effects are generally mild and occur in only a small percentage of people who consume MSG. In most cases, moderate consumption of MSG is unlikely to cause any adverse effects on the digestive system. However, if you experience any digestive system-related symptoms after consuming MSG, it is best to reduce your intake or avoid it altogether and consult a healthcare professional if the symptoms persist or worsen.