“A taste that is characteristic of monosodium glutamate and is associated with meats and other high-protein foods. It is sometimes considered to be a fifth basic taste along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.“
Umami is that taste that makes you close your eyes and go “mMmm” or “yummm… mum.. mum.” Watch the video below to get an even better idea.
This now brings us to the next subject: em-es-gee. Last week as I was making this spaghetti marinara recipe for dinner, I found the jar pictured above in the spice cabinet. At first I thought it was a standard jar of salt so I casually asked my mom, “What kind of salt is that? Sea salt?” Her response was, “pong shoo lot” aka Umami Super-Seasoning aka M-S-G. *gasp!*
Before you actually gasp with me, do you know what MSG really is? And is it really that bad for you?
To answer, here’s an excerpt from The Kitchn‘s post, The Truth About MSG.
MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a flavor enhancer that gives an umami taste to food. The additive, which is sold in a crystallized form similar to sugar or salt, is used in many Asian cuisines as well as in condiments, seasonings, bouillon cubes, and snack foods like chips. More specifically, the Food and Drug Administration describes MSG as
the sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid and a form of glutamate … Asians originally used a seaweed broth to obtain the flavor-enhancing effects of MSG, but today MSG is made by a fermenting process using starch, sugar beets, sugar cane, or molasses. Glutamate itself is in many living things: It is found naturally in our bodies and in protein-containing foods, such as cheese, milk, meat, peas, and mushrooms.
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And as Mayline concluded in her blog, MSG is not really that bad for you. I repeat, it is not bad for you! So take that stigma off and you enjoy that umami yum yum sauce!