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  • MSG / Glutamate

    I just discovered than the Deli meat here is sometimes packed with "Natural flavoring", which is probably MSG/Glutamate.
    But I red that you get much more naturally occurring Glutamate from food alone (proteins) than from one slice of MSG enriched prepackaged ham.

    Out of curiosity, I just tracked my calories on Paleo Track and I scored 29,741 g of Glumatic Acid.

    So, should I worry about it ?
    Young self-caring Paleo-eater from France.
    (So please forgive the strange way I tend to express myself in your beautiful language )

  • #2
    Ok Glutamic Acid and MSG are not exactly the same thing, MSG is the salt extracted from glutamic acid which you can't find alone in nature. BUT, some foods we eat in the Paleosphere do contain a similar form called "Free Glutamic Acid" is all aged foods, aged cheeses for example.

    So... I just looked on PaleoHacks and I tend to see two "camps" concerning this issue...
    Your thoughts ?

    "Free glutamate content of foods (mg per 100g)

    roquefort cheese 1280
    parmesan cheese 1200
    soy sauce 1090
    walnuts 658
    fresh tomato juice 260
    grape juice 258
    peas 200
    mushrooms 180
    broccoli 176
    tomatoes 140
    mushrooms 140
    oysters 137
    corn 130
    potatoes 102
    chicken 44
    mackerel 36
    beef 33
    eggs 23
    human milk 22 "
    Last edited by Daydreamer; 10-10-2012, 11:53 AM.
    Young self-caring Paleo-eater from France.
    (So please forgive the strange way I tend to express myself in your beautiful language )

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    • #3
      From what I've heard, the glutamates naturally occurring in food are not something to stress about too much, though I have no resources to back that up.

      Anecdotally, my wife has bad reactions to MSG, but loves some of those cheeses with high glutamate levels, which don't bother her at all.

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