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Assessment of monosodium glutamate (MSG) intake in a rural Thai community: questioning the methodological approach

Karuthan Chinna1 and Tilakavati Karupaiah2*

Author Affiliations

1 Julius Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50606, Malaysia

2 Dietetics Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, National University of Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur 50300, Malaysia

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Nutrition & Metabolism 2013, 10:52  doi:10.1186/1743-7075-10-52

Published: 26 July 2013


We examined the methodological approach to the assessment of monosodium glutamate intake. The high carbohydrate and low fat consumption characteristic of this study population would be conducive to the development of metabolic syndrome. However, anomalies in the assessment of dietary information limits conclusion to a causal link of monosodium glutamate to metabolic syndrome and overweight because the study lacks data on the main dietary patterns of consumption. Given the current paucity of data from human studies on monosodium glutamate intake and risk, more studies with robust methodology are required to assess causal links to disease.

Monosodium glutamate; Dietary assessment; Metabolic syndrome; Overweight