Among the most harmful ingredients we consume on a regular basis, without being aware of, Sodium glutamate E621 is a common additive found in almost all manufactured foods. In addition, there’s hardly a restaurant that doesn’t use this taste enhancer.
Sodium glutamate E621, which comes in the form of white crystalline powder, is very similar to salt and sugar. We can find it in liquid form. It has the taste of meat soup and can be added to any food to enhance the flavor. Sodium glutamate intake causes increased cravings, and results in overeating and obesity.
Sodium glutamate E621 stimulates the brain cells in much the same way as drugs do thus creating a feeling of addiction. It’s easily absorbed in the blood and brain leading to a change in the genes in charge of the sense of taste.
As we already mentioned, this food additive is used in many popular food products including all sausages, hot dogs, chips, prepared soups, canned food, beer and many more. The allowed daily dose for adults is 1.5 grams, and for children less than half a gram.
A fact worth mentioning is that over 200 thousand tons of this additive are used annually in the world. The common symptoms of E621 overdose include dizziness, migraine, visual disturbances, hormonal imbalance, nausea, weakness, chest pain, and more. It’s also known as Chinese restaurant syndrome.
Sodium glutamate E621 was first discovered in 1907 in Japan by scientist Ikeda Kikunae, who found that the substance improves the taste of food, especially the taste and aroma of canned, fast and frozen food.
This common food additive has gained a lot of popularity over the years and today it accounts for great sales of food in America.
Although it improves the taste and aroma of food products, sodium glutamate also brings on numerous side effects. For one thing it affects the receptors of your tongue making food tastier than it actually is. That’s the reason why it makes people addicted to processed food like chips, sweets, ready-made meals and more.
Furthermore, study mice that were given sodium glutamate in food lost their vision.
E621 is extremely beneficial for food manufacturers because of the fact that it not only reduces the cost of production, but also increases sales of the products.
So, the next time you buy food, check for the ingredients and avoid products that contain E621.
Natural spices are a much better and healthier alternative to this food additive.