It’s a white crystal powder that looks like salt and sugar. Its watery solution tastes like meat soup. It can be added in any type of food. Monosodium glutamate leads towards increasing of the appetite, overeating and excess of weight.
This additive is used to stimulate the brain cells. It has a drug effect and enters the brain and bloodstream easily, which leads to change in the genes responsible for feeling taste.
Sodium glutamate is a part of every sausage, salami, hot-dog, crisps, soup, can, beer etc. The harmless dosage for adults is 1,5 grams a day and for children – not more than half a gram.
Today, all around the world, 200.000 tons of potassium glutamate are being produces every year. The symptoms of E621 overdose are called “syndrome of Chinese restaurant”, manifested by drowsiness, migraine, visual impairment, vertigo, hormonal imbalance, nausea and weakness, chest pains etc.
The substance was discovered in 1907, in Japan, by Ikeda Kikunae, who performed many experiments and discovered that it enhances the taste of the food. Not only that it enhances the natural taste of products, but it also improves the taste of preservatives, junk food, frozen products.
Potassium glutamate is very popular in USA, because it sells more food. In some experiments, where mice were regularly given food with E621, they lost their sight after a while. One of the negative consequences of potassium glutamate use is that it affects the tongue receptors, so in time their food perception worsens.
Very often, because of the potassium glutamate which makes the food taste better, we cannot control ourselves and stop eating unhealthy food, like potato chips, chocolate, ready meals etc. It causes addiction, on a subconscious level it makes us prefer products which contain the preservative. This is good only for the manufacturers, because their sales are going up.
Food manufacturers benefit from using E621, because this way they are reducing the production costs, in the same time making the low-quality products look good, which must be stopped.
Be careful when buying groceries, read the labels and the ingredients lists. Use natural spices for cooking.