Looking for a nice long-form article to read this weekend? We recommend you head over to BuzzFeeᴅ and check out this feature on the history of MSG-the much and unfairly maligned naturally occurring ingredient in so many of our favorite foods. The piece, written by former PopularScience.com head honcho John Mahoney, dives deep into the science and history of monosodium glutamate. It should give you plenty of ammo the next time your older relatives refuse to eat at your favorite Chinese restaurant due to a mistaken belief that MSG causes headaches or other illness. An excerpt:
It’s a great piece; the history of MSG and anti-MSG fervor is a heady mix of chemistry, racism, and taste, all folded up into the history of American food and the several renaissances it’s seen in the past five or six decades. Read it here.
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