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MSG increases the risk of adults being overweight 2.8-fold
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The one-third of Chinese adults eating the most monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor-enhancer, were 2.8 times more likely to be overweight (BMI of 25 or more) according to a recent study. Subjects
Subjects: 752 Chinese adults
The study analyzed data from 752 healthy Chinese (48.7 percent women, 51.3 percent men), aged 40-59 years, randomly sampled from three rural villages in north and south China.
“The great majority of participants prepared their foods at home, without use of commercially processed foods,” the authors noted.
Conclusion: MSG increases risk of being overweight
“This research provides data that MSG intake may be associated with increased risk of overweight independent of physical activity and total energy intake in humans,” the authors of the study concluded.
Wansink B, Payne C. Association of monosodium glutamate intake with overweight in chinese adults: The intermap study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Aug, 16(8):1875–80.
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6Department of Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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