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Does Applebees use MSG or something?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 08, 2011 at 6:41 AM

I have been making great strides in cutting out any neofood or nonfood from my diet, and recently had to go out to eat at Applebees. I was certain that I made the right choice by getting a simple steak with shrimp and creme sauce with some steamed veggies.

But the veggies (broccoli, etc.) just didnt taste right. I mean they were GOOD, especially with butter on them, but they were too good, they actually tasted sort of sweet...

I suppose that it is possible I am becoming resensitized to dietary sugar to the point where standard steamed vegetables might taste sweet to me, but that seems unusual, and I sure didn't expect to see normal vegetables spike my blood sugar, but they did...

Is Applebees using MSG or some other sort of preservative I should know about?

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(2338)

on September 06, 2012
at 12:15 AM

yeah this is how i approach most restaurants too. if the food is actually real and without any of the shitty stuff most restaurants put in it, i assure you they'll make a point to tell you whether on the menu or from the waiter/tress

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on March 30, 2012
at 03:17 PM

OUtback Steakhouse freely admits that their vegetables (except asparagus) have gluten-containing ingredients. That was a shock. So at a chain restaurant, even broccoli isn't broccoli.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:19 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8282275

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 09, 2011
at 03:42 AM

up voted quilt for a simple fact... ANY chain (my family went to O'Charleys tonight) is suspect. You just never know unless you make it yourself. Heck, the waitress stood there with a straight face and tried to proclaim what was on my broccoli was butter.....(this was the thinnest oiliest looking butter I ever saw then). Later she came back with a little tub of real butter...and looked at me like I was the anti-christ for asking to start with. Normally I just eat the SHIT and chalk it up to 80/20 since I'm in good health, but this experience was enlightening.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on October 08, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I have made a habit of visiting local restaurants and checking out their posted ingredients. I also ask to see the containers of some items like soups and dressings. All have had MSG (listed or called by its many names) in them. You must be careful.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on October 08, 2011
at 03:47 PM

this is precisely why I eat out so rarely. I'm sensitive to MSG no less.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on October 08, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Yes they do....

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 08, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Agreed. One of the biggest things to be wary of eating out is any and all sauces.

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Medium avatar

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on October 08, 2011
at 02:19 PM

I would be surprised if a place like Applebee's DIDN'T use MSG in their food.

For economic reasons, many restaurants, including full-service, sit-down restaurants like Applebee's have turned to centralized food distributors such as Sysco.

Sysco sends them their frozen chicken breasts, vegetables, sauces, etc. and the restaurant simply heats them back up.

It's an extension of the private labeling of other food products (i.e. "Happy-O's" in a bag vs. Cheerios in a box).

The obvious downside is that all the foods are prepared in advance and with the primary focus being transportability, stability, and consistency.

As J.Stanton on Gnolls.org wrote recently, "real food is not fungible".

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on October 08, 2011
at 06:43 AM

Likely something in the cream sauce.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 08, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Agreed. One of the biggest things to be wary of eating out is any and all sauces.

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on October 08, 2011
at 02:33 PM

I just assume that everywhere puts msg and sugars in the food unless it is printed somewhere on the menu.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on October 08, 2011
at 03:47 PM

this is precisely why I eat out so rarely. I'm sensitive to MSG no less.

Medium avatar

(2338)

on September 06, 2012
at 12:15 AM

yeah this is how i approach most restaurants too. if the food is actually real and without any of the shitty stuff most restaurants put in it, i assure you they'll make a point to tell you whether on the menu or from the waiter/tress

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on October 08, 2011
at 10:17 PM

They do not put MSG on vegetables. I believe your concern may be with the cream sauce.

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6b0a1cf003d158986cea54d9f62697fd

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on September 05, 2012
at 11:33 PM

I too am wondering about MSG (or one of the many ingredients that contain MSG) content in the Shrimp and Chicken dish at Applebees. I ate not quite half of the meal and I asked for a box as I started not feeling well. Before we could get home, I had to stop as I so sick with diarrhea to the max! Upon arriving home I called the manager and she advised they threw the box away so she could not tell me. And so far Applebees will not provide me with an answer. Their lawyers are saying it is "propriety" information and they can't tell me. Guess who won't be visiting Applebees anymore. By-the-way...I have not given up on trying to find out what they put in their dish. Anyone have any ideas...I just want to know so I don't get sick again. Gee what is the world coming to when you can't get straight answers anymore.

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on March 30, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I ate at Applebee's last night and had a healthy ?? spinach and grilled shrimp salad. Nice fresh ingredients, but the dressing had an unnaturally strong flavor. I woke up this morning with a headache - must be MSG! As for the $64,000 answer, if you don't know why MSG is bad for you, you have some reading to do.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:19 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8282275

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 08, 2011
at 10:01 PM

I'll agree with others - it's likely in there. But the $64k question is: should you care?

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