AJI-NO-MOTO (MSG) use
MSG may be the most widely used flavor enhancing ingredient after salt and pepper. MSG helps bring out the best natural flavors in a variety of foods such as meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Soups, casseroles, gravies and sauces are examples of dishes that can benefit from the proper use of MSG. While MSG harmonizes well with salty and sour tastes, it contributes little or nothing to sweet or bitter foods. Sold in the U.S. as Accent and in Europe as E621 or A.K.A. Ajinomoto or Vetsin. *Some Individuals may be allergic to MSG. (Monosodium glutamate.)
MSG is found naturally in foods such as tomatoes, parmesan cheese, as well as other fruits and vegetables.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given MSG its generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation. It is used as a flavoring agent in foods to bring out savory, umami flavor in foods. It is found in many canned and processed foods and is stereotypically associated with Chinese food.