Is Sodium The Same As MSG?

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at night, Is sodium the same as sodium? How is it different from MSG? What is the maximum limit for sodium consumption per day?rnHow to deal with excess sodium/MSG? Is it by increasing the consumption of vitamin C?rnThank you

1 Answer:

Hi deniiteza,

Thank you for asking

Sodium (Na) is the Indonesian translation of sodium (English). Sodium itself is an important mineral in the body that has many functions, including maintaining blood volume, regulating fluid balance, acid-base balance, maintaining nerve function, and so on.

Sodium is certainly different from MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG is the result of combining sodium with glutamic acid. Glutamic acid itself functions as a flavor enhancer. In this case, sodium is useful for stabilizing the glutamate molecule.

Sodium is not only found in MSG, but also in salt. The recommended daily consumption of sodium is not more than 2300 mg, which is approximately the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of table salt.

Many experts recommend limiting MSG intake because of the many negative effects it may cause, including dizziness, migraines, tingling, flushed face, weakness, muscle tension, excessive sweating, fast heartbeat, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting. An allergic reaction can also appear after consuming MSG in sensitive people. Furthermore, long-term consumption of MSG can increase the risk of hypertension and obesity.

Although the various hypotheses above still need to be proven through further research, there is nothing wrong with being careful not to consume MSG in excess.

Alternatively, you can use sugar, salt, tomatoes, soy sauce, mushrooms, or other spices to help enhance the taste of the food. There is no specific way that is known to counteract the effects of excess MSG other than by limiting its consumption while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, namely by exercising and maintaining an ideal body weight.

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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