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You don’t want MSG surging through your body–we respect that. While most of us have a love-hate relationship with this flavour enhancer, we just can’t seem to get past all the bad effects MSG has on our health. We know that MSG can make us sweaty, nauseous, quicken our heart rate and feel gross in general, so we do our best to stay away from it (which also means taking a break from our favourite Chinese food).

Now this may sound crazy–feel free to disagree–but what if MSG isn’t actually all that bad for you?

As hard as it is to believe, there’s basically zero science to successfully connect MSG to any harmful side effects. Plus, the FDA says it’s “generally safe to eat”–it is legal, after all. Looks like MSG may just be a misunderstood friend.

Surprisingly, tomatoes, soy extract and yeast extract all naturally have MSG in them. Glutamate (an element in MSG) is also in a ton of the things we eat all the time, including breast milk and dried mushrooms. So maybe it isn’t so bad?

While we’re not asking you to binge on the one product that could hurt your body, there’s certainly room to reconsider the stigma we’ve given to MSG.

Check out the video above to learn more about it.