Aji no moto, yes or no?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Hi all,

I??ve been trying to find information on whether or not Aji No Moto would be an acceptable thing to use, anyone know? I??ve read both that it??s unhealthy (but no reasons specified), and that it??s completely harmless and may be actually good for you in the sense that since it enhances the natural flavor of the food, you use less salt.... anyone have any additional info? Thanks!

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on June 11, 2012
at 05:41 PM



Ultimate n=1 test:

Take it out of your diet for 30 days, then put it back and keep increasing the dose until you notice symptoms - then you know our threshold.

Make sure there are no confounding variables like gluten, soy, or other gut irritants.

Personally I'd prefer to avoid it.



on June 11, 2012
at 11:26 AM

MSG: Neither good nor bad, more neutral. Some people claim to react to it, but double blind studies show people react to placebo at the same rate.



on June 11, 2012
at 12:37 AM

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Aji No Moto is pure MSG; free glutamic acid. Its also the name of the Japanese company that makes it, and invented MSG isolation. Seaweed, especially Kombu, has it naturally in copious amounts. Thats what they isolated. Such seaweed is what makes Japanese stock (dashi) so 'tasty'.

I live in Japan. Personally, seaweed used naturally enhances flavor without causing a negative reaction in me. MSG (aji no moto) gives me indigestion, sleepiness, and all around ill feeling.


on June 11, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Thank you all for the info!

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