MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate, is a course and white crystalline powder. It serves as a flavor enhancer derived from glutamic acid, a natural amino acid known for a savory or umami taste. Commonly used in cooking, MSG helps intensify flavors without altering the original taste.
MSG is a sneaky gout trigger that gradually raises uric acid levels. Beyond its use for cooking, numerous commercially packaged foods are loaded with MSG.