Monosodium glutamate is a compound that helps the tongue absorb food better.
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The Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (Profeco) has made known through the Consumer magazine August 2020, the content of instant soups like Maruchan soup or Cup of noodles. The final result of the analysis carried out on this product indicated that it was low in nutrients for the people who will consume it.
According to a study by Profeco, these foods contain a large amount of fat and protein, and carbohydrates Monosodium glutamate, a combination of beet and sugar cane that helps the tongue absorb food better.
Monosodium glutamate had already created a lot of controversy in the nutritional world as it was found that this component, which is common in processed foods, is a source of discomfort among consumers.
Image: Consumer magazine August 2020
Although this component is recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the joint FAO / WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives considers it safe for daily consumption.
“However, the component’s critics affirm that there is research that supports its relationship to symptoms such as headache, choking, tachycardia, facial pressure, numbness of the mouth, difficulty breathing, sweating, chest pain and they also confirm that other studies have shown that it intervenes in the part of the brain that regulates the feeling of satiety, causes insatiability in the individual and thus contributes to obesity and also causes a certain toxicity at the neuronal and liver level, “says Profeco in his publication.
The instant food industry is one of the largest and has the largest consumer in China with 41,450 million units sold in 2019, after India, Japan and Vietnam with up to 6 billion sales.
“Other studies have shown that it intervenes in the part of the brain that regulates the feeling of satiety, causes insatiability in the individual and thus contributes to obesity and also causes a certain toxicity at the neuronal and hepatic level,” explained the Federal Consumer Protection Agency.