east asian people: here is msg, its a kind of salt that tastes good

white people: hmm, this is bad, for some reason

@dankwraith thinking about the fact that scientific studies had to be done to conclude that MSG isn't bad for you and that people still act like it is anyway

@witchfynder_finder @dankwraith it's just like with gluten. Everyone thinks it's bad for you, just because there is a small percentage of people who have an intolerance for it

@dankwraith it's weird that the colloquial English name for MSG is literally just the shortened version of the full word of the chemical compounds.

@witchfynder_finder @PsyChuan @dankwraith I meeean, it was first isolated in 1908 by a Japanese scientist, Ikeda Kikunae, who opened a company, Ajinomoto Co., inc, which sold the product throughout Southeast Asia

@smallandgreen @witchfynder_finder @dankwraith aye, it's just odd that like we didn't come up with a "common name" for it. like we don't call salt, like, SoChlo

@PsyChuan @witchfynder_finder @dankwraith shoulda just stuck with the Japanese "ajinomoto" which means "essence of flavor"

@PsyChuan @smallandgreen
It's sold under a couple different brand names, including Accent in the US. That could probably work.

@dankwraith and ofc it's only bad when it's in asian food even tho it's widely used in the west as well at this point but no one cares about it when it's in our food
also it's somehow only bad when it is added and not naturally in food like cheese, tomatoes, soy sauce and some sea weed

@dankwraith love 2 do a borderline race science and claim its #incontrovertible cause it technically doesnt have to do with the size or shape of anyones skull

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