It’s disturbing that this is news. It’s one person’s story but too many will believe it with NO critical thinking. There is no basis for it to be an accurate claim at all.
A Bay Area biochemist thinks she’s found a sort of autism smoking gun: monosodium glutamate, or MSG.
It’s a chemical compound almost exclusively connoted with Chinese food, but Katherine Reid points out that it’s found in all but 5 percent of processed food, largely unbeknownst to us: It appears on the food label only about 1 percent of the time.
According to Reid, many neurodevelopmental disorders like autism are potentially linked with an improper balance of glutamate intake.
“We have glutamate receptors in our body, and 50 percent of our nervous system is excited by glutamate, so we need certain amounts to function,” Reid told FoxNews.com. “But it’s all about balance. There’s a huge amount of scientific literature that links many diseases with a glutamate imbalance. And it’s not just autism, but a number of neurological disorders too – there’s a connection to this glutamic imbalance.”
The San Francisco Chronicle points out there “is no science to back up many of her claims,” with two doctors confirming to the paper that no MSG studies of the sort have been carried out.
“According to Reid…” That’s all these things are. Sorry, knowledge doesn’t work that way. This is a belief. There are currently no studies, experiments, papers, mechanism or any reputable source that supports these claims. There is zero reason to take them seriously at this point. I am appalled that the San Fran Chron would print this. It lends false hope and provides misinformation. This MSG-autism link is promoted by a few non-credible autism info sites. The idea oversimplifies “autism” which is a complex diagnosis.
What’s the harm in changing a diet to become an extreme form of food observation? This woman gave up her job to this issue. There are other explanations here that do not involve MSG, a product that is one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids. In use over 100 years, there is no evidence that MSG has a role in chronic and debilitating illnesses.
It also does not cause what people commonly refer to as “chinese restaurant syndrome” which is a complete myth.
Tip: Kevin O’Malley