- In Science
- By WA
One of the most harmful ingredients we consume on a regular basis, without being aware of it, is sodium glutamate E621– a common additive found in almost all manufactured foods.
Sodium glutamate E621 comes in the form of white crystalline powder, and it’s very similar to salt and sugar. It can also be found in liquid form. It has the taste of meat soup and can be added to any food to enhance the flavor. Sodium glutamate intake causes increased cravings, and leads to overeating and obesity.
It stimulates the brain cells in much the same way as drugs do thus creating a feeling of addiction. It’s easily absorbed in the blood and brain causing a change in the genes in charge of the sense of taste.
This food additive is used in many popular food products including all sausages, hot dogs, chips, prepared soups, canned food, beer and many more. The allowed daily dose for adults is 1.5 grams, and for children less than half a gram.
A fact worth mentioning is that over 200 thousand tons of this additive are used annually in the world. The common symptoms of E621 overdose include dizziness, migraine, visual disturbances, hormonal imbalance, nausea, weakness, dizziness, chest pain, and more.