|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 7:35 am: || |
I saw this on the Netscape News site:
"This Food Additive Could Cause Blindness
By Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor
The flavor enhancer MSG--monosodium glutamate--has been linked to blindness in rats and possibly humans based on an animal study conducted by scientists at Hirosaki University in Japan. New Scientist magazine and Reuters report that in addition to blindness, the rats who were fed a diet high in MSG suffered serious eye damage and had thinner retinas than other animals. MSG is a common flavor enhancer in Asian and processed food used to improve the taste of sweet, salty, bitter, or sour foods.
Did you know it could do this, too? Foods that contain MSG can also create other problems. Find out a common complaint.
Previous studies had concluded that glutamate caused nerve damage when it was directly injected into the eye. Lead researcher Hiroshi Ohguro wanted to know if eating foods with MSG would also cause eye damage. The results: Glutamate, which is neurotransmitter or chemical that carries a message, reduces sight by destroying some retina cells and damaging others. The rats fed diets enriched with MSG had high levels of MSG in the fluid that bathes the retina, reports Reuters. So is it safe to eat foods with MSG? "Lesser amounts should be OK," he told New Scientist magazine Wednesday, "but the precise borderline amount is still unknown." The rats were fed a dose of MSG that was far higher than we humans would normally eat. Still, if you love the way MSG makes food taste, you might want to think about finding a new favorite spice. Peng Tee Khaw, an eye expert at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, told Reuters, "If you're a sodium glutamate junkie, then you could potentially run into problems with your retina," he said.
Love Top Ramen, Oodles of Noodles, and Cup-a-Soup? Beware! They're packed with MSG. Find out more.""
If you click on Find out more," it takes you to this site: http://www.cnn.com/2000/FOOD/news/02/23/instant.noodle.wmd/index.html
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