15. MSG will make you sick
Many people worry that eating foods with MSG will make them sick. MSG, which stands for monosodium glutamate, is a food additive that’s often used as a flavor enhancer in packaged foods and restaurant meals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that MSG is safe. Most people will not get sick from consuming MSG. However, very few people are sensitive to MSG and have an MSG intolerance; MSG can cause symptoms of illness in just these people.
“Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” is the commonly believed, but misguided, notion that eating at Chinese restaurants makes people sick because of the MSG often found in Chinese food. However, in the vast majority of cases, people who become sick after eating Chinese food are not having a reaction to MSG, but rather to another ingredient in the food. Chinese food contains a variety of plant-based ingredients like vegetables, herbs, and spices, and people could be allergic to or intolerant of some of these ingredients without knowing it.