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So what's the deal with MSG?

Many people talk about how MSG is bad and food that contains it is evil, etc etc. I was one of those people. However, my husband is reading a book on salt (called Salt) and relayed that the book said that MSG is actually natural - it's a derivative of wheat gluten. So now I'm confused. He just told me this morning so I haven't had time to research yet, and I plan to, but I wanted to get your take on MSG. What gives? Why is it so evil when it turns out that a lot of traditional cooking contains it? What has made it the bane of the Western food world?

I'll chime in too as I learn more. Looking forward to hearing some discussion.

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