NO added MSG???

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NO added MSG???

Postby smurf » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:15 pm

Saw quite a few product that claimed:

No added MSG
No added sugar
No added preservative or colorings


Can someone tells me, what is NO ADDED MSG???

Is it, they didn't add MSG, or they dun add more than the allowable amount of MSG???

BUT, while the packaging says No added MSG, the ingredient list indicate yeast extract, sodium inosinate, etc. Except the word 'MSG'.

Yeast extract and sodium insinuate are another words for MSG.

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Postby sunset_dae » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:38 pm

My understanding is :

No Added MSG, PRESERVATIVES means no [u]EXTRA[/u] MSG, PRESERVATIVES but does not equate to dun have MSG and preservatives??

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Postby smurf » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:38 pm

Er, dun quite understand??? :?

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Re: NO added MSG???

Postby mrswongtuition » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:14 pm

smurf wrote:Saw quite a few product that claimed:

No added MSG
No added sugar
No added preservative or colorings


Can someone tells me, what is NO ADDED MSG???

Is it, they didn't add MSG, or they dun add more than the allowable amount of MSG???

BUT, while the packaging says No added MSG, the ingredient list indicate yeast extract, sodium inosinate, etc. Except the word 'MSG'.

Yeast extract and sodium insinuate are another words for MSG.



Food naturally contain MSG, sugar, preservatives and colouring.

Examples:
- All meat will have MSG (monosodium glutamate). Take a whole chicken and boil in water, the soup will have MSG.
- All fruits will have sugar (glucose & fructose). Milk also has sugar (lactose).
- Certain fruits have natural preservatives (vitamin C, citric acid).
- Fruits and vegetables have natural colouring (pigments). Even seafood has natural colouring (salmon, prawns).

The term "NO ADD ____" simply means that whatever that occurs naturally from the other ingredients they used will be there but they do not add additional of the substance in it's raw form.

For example, a seasoning product (made from chicken) can claim to not have added MSG. However, it does not mean that their product is free from MSG. It simply means that they did not add MSG in it's raw form into the product. It can still come from the other ingredients in the product such as chicken or yeast extract.

Sodium insinuate is a flavour enhancer made from natural foods such as animal meats and seafood. Again, it is not the raw form of MSG, so their claim of 'no added MSG' is still right.


If you want to go deeply into food issues, there are many other things to look out for.

Sugar is often masked as: glucose, fructose, lactose, sucrose, galactose, maltose, disaccharides, monosaccharides, etc etc.

Fillers (to add bulk to the product so it looks like you are getting 'alot' but the bulk is something of no value): disaccharides, starch, polysaccharides, dextrine, malto-dextrine, etc.

Preservatives are often masked as acids (some are naturally occuring acids which are fine, but we do not know the QUANTITY used in the product as it can lead to thinning of the tooth enamel and other problems).

For flavourings and food colourings, some manufacturers choose to use the 'E-number' instead of the chemical names. For those who are strict vegetarians, you might be shocked to know that certain products which you thought are suitable for vegetarians are actually not due to the source of the flavouring/food colouring.

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Postby smurf » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:29 am

So no one knows whether the sodium inosinate they added is from natural or synthetic right?

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Postby mrswongtuition » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:19 am

smurf wrote:So no one knows whether the sodium inosinate they added is from natural or synthetic right?

It should be natural, not synthetic.

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Postby mrswongtuition » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:22 am


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Postby Sun_2010 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:42 am

Thanks for the link Mrswongtution, quite useful.

smurf - Playing around with ingredients and tricking laymen with them is a very intense game that food manufactures use in face of competition .

By the time we have learnt one thing abt the product and raised a hue and cry abt how misleading it is - they have moved on to the next tricky name, used the next loophole, confused us one more step.

"Ethics" is a word that exists only for name in the business world. :(

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Postby smurf » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:28 am

Totally agreed with that. Haha.

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Postby smurf » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:28 am

Totally agreed with that. Haha.

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