Ajinomoto

Alma Lopez & Eesinkhan See

What is Ajinomoto?

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. is a Japanese food and chemical corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, TV dinners, sweeteners, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals.


Ajinomoto’s main product, monosodium glutamate (MSG) seasoning, was first marketed in Japan in 1909, having been discovered by Kikunae Ikeda. He found that the most important compound within seaweed broth for common use was actually a glutamate salt, which he identified with the taste umami, a word meaning 'pleasant taste' or 'savoriness'. As the simplest such salt for human consumption, the popularity of MSG helped the company .rapidly expand to other countries, with Ajinomoto U.S.A., Inc. established in 1956.




Ajinomoto has a compound called MSG or Monosodium Glutamate which is a sodium salt. If excessive MSG is consumed, it can cause the following side effects.

    Ajinomoto/MSG is found in:
  • Stock cubes or bouillon cubes.
  • Condiments such as barbecue sauce and salad dressings.
  • Canned, frozen, or dried prepared food
  • Snack foods like flavoured jerky, flavoured potato chips and flavoured tortilla chips.
  • Seasoning mixtures.


Research into Health Effects


The use of ajnimoto/MSG is extremely controversial because it has been “associated” with these illnesses:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Numbness, tingling or burning in face, neck and other areas
  • Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

Studies to establish a connection between ajinomoto/MSG and diseases include:

  • MSG causes obesity have given mixed results.
  • Migraine headaches
  • Food allergies in children
  • Hyperactivity in children



Benefits


  • It enhances the flavor and it has a unique taste that cannot be replicated by using any other ingredient.

  • A lot of cuisines use this ingredient to make the food more enjoyable to eat.

  • It may not have nutritional value, but it doesn’t have any preservatives either.

Ajinomoto/MSG is also found in:

  • Stock cubes or bouillon cubes.
  • Condiments such as barbecue sauce and salad dressings.
  • Canned, frozen, or dried prepared food
  • Snack foods like flavoured jerky, flavoured potato chips and flavoured tortilla chips.
  • Seasoning mixtures