monosodium glutamate

mono·​so·​di·​um glu·​ta·​mate | \ ˌmä-nə-ˌsō-dē-əm-ˈglü-tə-ˌmāt How to pronounce monosodium glutamate (audio) \

Definition of monosodium glutamate

: a crystalline sodium salt C5H8NO4Na derived from glutamic acid and used to enhance the flavor of food abbreviation MSG

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Mayo is beloved in Japanese cuisine as well—especially the version known as Kewpie that adds monosodium glutamate. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019 That realization has dawned on Ajinomoto Co. of Tokyo, founded more than a century ago to make the seasoning monosodium glutamate, or MSG. River Davis, WSJ, "Rescuing MSG’s Unsavory Reputation," 27 Apr. 2019 Third Point, by contrast, wants to see more innovation in Campbell’s older brands—for example, by eliminating ingredients unpopular with consumers like monosodium glutamate while adding more meat and vegetables. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Good Quarter Shouldn’t Deter Campbell Activists," 20 Nov. 2018 Compared with Campbell’s plan, Third Point puts greater emphasis on stabilizing the core soup business by improving old recipes and removing unappealing ingredients like monosodium glutamate. Aaron Back, WSJ, "What Campbell Can Learn from Third Point," 31 Oct. 2018 The list even takes on a key seasoning in Chinese food: monosodium glutamate. Dave Mccombs And Andrew Hobbs,, "Badger hair, bull semen, MSG among products on Trump's China tariff list," 11 July 2018 One food fear has persisted since the 1960s: the mortal danger caused by monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "We All Really Need to Stop Freaking Out About MSG," 20 June 2018 Code words for sodium on food labels include fleur de sel, monosodium glutamate and disodium guanylate. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to detox from a sodium habit you may not know you have," 26 Apr. 2018 Using a medium bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons wine, soy sauce, monosodium glutamate, sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons corn starch blended with remaining 3 tablespoons water, sesame oil and chicken broth, set aside. Claire Perez,, "Technique is the secret to Uncle Thai's Crispy beef," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of monosodium glutamate

1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of monosodium glutamate

: a kind of salt used for seasoning foods

monosodium glutamate

mono·​so·​di·​um glu·​ta·​mate | \ ˌmän-ə-ˌsōd-ē-əm-ˈglüt-ə-ˌmāt How to pronounce monosodium glutamate (audio) \

Medical Definition of monosodium glutamate

: a crystalline salt C5H8NO4Na derived from glutamic acid that is used to enhance the flavor of food and medicinally to reduce ammonia levels in blood and tissues in ammoniacal azotemia (as in hepatic insufficiency) abbreviation MSG

called also sodium glutamate

— see chinese restaurant syndrome

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