This food additive scares people, but it probably shouldn’t
Monosodium glutamate has developed quite a bad reputation. Popular media has blamed it for all sorts of maladies, from asthma to migraines to autism. Monosodium glutamate — more commonly known as MSG — is a flavor enhancer added to food to increase umami, or savory, flavor. While it is included in the intimidating gibberish at the bottom of nutrition labels, scientific evidence suggests it isn’t something to be afraid of.