monosodium glutamate

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Secret Ingredients

Most of the processed foods we eat are studded with mysterious additives. They extend shelf life. They create exciting flavors, colors and textures. But they don’t do great things for our health. Find out which ones to avoid, and why.

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The Secret Flavor: Umami

Sweet, salt, sour and bitter. These are the four familiar tastes we’ve come to know best. And then there’s another flavor—umami. Until recently, we weren’t sure how to name this fifth flavor, much less describe it. But that hasn’t stopped us from craving it and creating it for most of culinary history.

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Excitotoxins

They're supposed to enhance flavor and excite your tastebuds, but could these common food additives also be overexciting your cells — and doing damage to your nervous system?