Purebun.com – In addition to being added to home cooking to enhance the taste, vetsin is also found in many processed packaged foods. For some people, consuming foods with vetsin does not cause any symptoms, but for others, it can feel the negative effects of vetsin.
Vetsin or also known as MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a food additive that is useful as a flavoring agent. It is a white crystalline powder resembling table salt or sugar.
Vetsin was first produced by a Japanese researcher who tried to duplicate the natural savory taste of kombu, the seaweed that is the basis of Japanese soup.
In today’s world of food industry, vetsin is mostly produced from fermented flour, molasses, or cane sugar which is produced through a process similar to the manufacture of yogurt and wine.
Vetsin is used to flavor food without the need to add a lot of other additives. This is why this flavoring is often considered an effective and efficient way to enrich the taste of a dish.
In addition to cooking, Vetsin is also often added to various processed foods, such as potato chips and processed meats. The content of vetsin in these packaged foods generally must be listed in terms of the levels and types on the label or list of ingredients.
Beware of MSG Symptom Complex due to Vetsin
Vetsin has long been considered to have side effects on health. In the 1960s, there was a case known as the Chinese restaurant syndrome, or what is now known as the MSG symptom complex.
A group of people feel certain symptoms after eating food from a restaurant that serves Chinese specialties. These symptoms are indicated as a result of the addition of vetsin or MSG in excess to food.
About 20 minutes after consuming foods that contain vetsin, some people who are sensitive to this ingredient may experience several symptoms, such as sweating, headache, nausea, fatigue, skin redness, mouth and/or throat discomfort, and heart palpitations.
The sodium level in vetsin is also if consumed in excess it is feared that it can increase blood pressure.
People who are allergic to vetsin may experience some mild symptoms, such as headaches, chest pain, and tingling skin.
In rare cases, more serious symptoms may include shortness of breath, swelling of the face, swelling of the throat, palpitations, or even anaphylactic shock. In severe cases, these kinds of symptoms require immediate medical attention.
Vetsin is Safe to Consume within Reasonable Limits
Various studies have linked the negative effects of vetsin consumption on health. However, the research was conducted using very large amounts of vetsin. In conclusion, vetsin is safe if consumed within reasonable limits.
Only a small number of people are suspected of experiencing mild and short-term negative reactions due to the consumption of vetsin. These mild symptoms will generally subside on their own, or can be managed with simple ways, such as drinking a few glasses of water or over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve headaches.
If you are concerned about the effects of vetsin, it never hurts to check the labels on processed food packaging before buying it. Get to know various other names of vetsin to minimize its consumption.
In packaging labels, vetsin is often listed as sodium 2-aminopentanedioate, MSG monohydrate, UNII-W81N5U6R6U, sodium glutamate monohydrate, glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate, L-Glutamic acid, L-Monosodium glutamate monohydrate, and monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate.
If you suffer from health problems or are on a certain diet, it is advisable to consult with your doctor first before adding vetsin to your cooking.