Indo chinese cuisine is so popular nowadays. I am no less and am fond of this cuisine too. I just love manchurian, noodles and fried rice among them. A common topic which arises when we discuss about this cuisine is about the use of mono sodium glutamate commonly known as ajinomoto. This crystalline salt is believed to enhance the taste of the indo chinese food. But recently , we have been hearing a lot of controversies regarding the use of this flavour enhancer. I just googled to find the reason and found some mixed opinions. Regarding the side effects, it is believed to cause headache, dizziness and nausea in some people and is also not suitable for asthamatics. I also read about it causing brain damage and is one of the reasons of autism. While there is another class of people who say that it is an essential ingredient in the chinese cuisine and does give an authentic taste to food. It imparts a mild sweetness to the food , but people recommend using a little sugar in lieu of this ingredient. Mild amounts of this salt does not cause harm and glutamate is essential, some people say.
But I personally stopped using ajinomoto a couple of years back. I dont find much difference in the taste. But its one’s personal decision whether they want to include it in their diet or not as some may opine that we dont make or eat this everyday after all!!!
Do state in your comments what do you feel about the use of MSG?