- Joined Jan 8, 2010
Yep, roasted onions should work a dream!
It's only controversial because a single physician wrote an unfounded op-ed on MSG being the reason people felt sick after eating at Chinese restaurants and that became household legend. Sure, there are some people who may have a reaction to msg, just as some people have a seafood allergy. MSG is naturally occurring in many foods, cheese, tomatoes, and seaweed for instance. Still - there will be people who identify as being sensitive to msg, just as there is a large group of non-celiacs that believe that gluten is harmful to them. Here's what the FDA says about it:It's controversial and probably not villainous but I can do without.
Regardless everyone has the right to choose what they like to consume. I just wanted to add both the knowledge of its use in competitive BBQ and my experience in performing side by side comparisons.
Is MSG safe to eat?
FDA considers the addition of MSG to foods to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Although many people identify themselves as sensitive to MSG, in studies with such individuals given MSG or a placebo, scientists have not been able to consistently trigger reactions.
yes, i am cautious about the wood i use. same with charcoal, I use hardwood lump. all different size pieces, takes a little longer to start, but pure wood. briquettes are powdered charcoal and 25 to 50% other stuff, especially the match lite kind.
and Yes i know that meat fat dripping onto hot coals makes smoke that may contain carcinogen, but the flavor it gives.
All seriousness aside, if I removed everything from my diet that might contain something potentially dangerous to my health, I would quickly die from thirst (our well is below an old tobacco farm).