Ever wonder why that big bowl of spaghetti drenched in marinara mushroom sauce tastes so darn good?
Well it’s not just because our bodies have a tendency to crave carbohydrates. It’s ’cause ingredients such as those used in that dish are high in glutamates, a chemical compound that naturally make our taste buds go into overdrive.
While you may not have heard much about glutamates before, you’ve probably heard about MSG.
And believe it or not, MSG has been around in some form for more than a thousand years. Of course, back in the Dark Ages it wasn’t sold in bottles such as Ac’cent, but came from natural ingredients.
MSG is short for monosodium glutamate, and it’s known for two things: Enhancing the flavor of foods; and controversy over its safety.