May 30, 2017
Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG or sodium glutamate, is a sodium salt of the non-essential amino acid glutamic acid. MSG occurs naturally in many foods and scientists originally extracted this sodium salt from seaweed. In manufactured food products, you will typically find MSG labeled as yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, HVP, or autolyzed protein. Manufacturers commonly use MSG as a flavor enhancer and as a preservative.