By and large, reactions to MSG are sensitivity reactions to a toxin, not allergic responses. That’s probably why the Glutes suggest seeing an allergist if you think you’re having a problem with MSG because allergists have no tests for sensitivities. The only test for MSG (or any other sensitivity) is a challenge — ingesting the substance and waiting to see what happens. So, most allergists will tell you that you’re not allergic to MSG, which would be true.

We’ve had reports from a handful of people who said they tested positive for an MSG-allergy but it’s not common.

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This study was done in 2020 to try and discover if rats, who had been given doses of MSG for the purpose of lowering testosterone levels and causing “toxicity in testicular tissue,” could be treated with zinc oxide nanoparticles and green tea. The group treated with zinc oxide nanoparticles/green tea were “significantly” protected against MSG damage to the testis.

From the study: “The MSG treatment in the adult male rats reduced testosterone levels and disrupted testicular histology…”

Good to know, but wouldn’t it be better to avoid MSG ingestion in the first place than to search out an antidote?

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