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For decades, the “NO MSG” symbol — and the deep‐rooted xenophobia that inspired it — have scared people away from enjoying the culinary magic of monosodium glutamate (MSG). It’s time to know the facts.

The Food Infodemic Report

Cheese-fueled nightmares! Chemophobia! Chinese Restaurant Syndrome! In recent years, food misinformation is responsible for some wild (and in some cases dangerous) misperceptions in the U.S. So, in 2024 The Ajinomoto Group decided to examine the issue and understand the impact that this “infodemic” is having across communities.

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No, we shouldn’t

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Pizza is totally fine. So is MSG.

Yep, monosodium glutamate is inherently found in pizza toppings like tomatoes and Parmesan. But keep this in mind: sodium and glutamate is present in TONS of different foods, and our body metabolizes them the same — whether it’s from a shiitake mushroom or a shaker of MSG.

Learn about the MSG in your pizza


MSG is plant‐derived
(made from plants like corn & sugar cane)

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MSG is created through fermentation


MSG is verified as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)

The Story of
“No MSG”

In the 1960s, a wave of anti‐Asian xenophobia created a nationwide panic about MSG. This fear had an immediate impact on a vulnerable group of Americans: Chinese restaurant owners.

To survive the backlash, they were forced to prominently display “No MSG” signs on menus and storefronts. Soon, other restaurants and food products adopted that same misleading symbol. Now decades later, there remains a lot of unlearning before America can fully appreciate a beloved seasoning that’s enjoyed around the world.

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