I've heard that it can cause cancer, but are there any studies that support this claim?

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There several concerns related to MSG (monosodium glutamate):

  • it contains sodium, so it might rise the blood pressure leading to hypertension, a risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. (1)
  • it has been found to be strictly related to overweight and obesity (2), possibly because it improves the palatability of food (= it makes you feel you like it, and you want more) (3)
  • in relation to cancer, I couldn't find much information about the topic. I would suggest you to visit whe webpage http://www.msgtruth.org/cancer.htm . On the same page there are several links on the right side showing connections of MSG to other diseases.
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    Interesting sources. I was suspicious of msgtruth.org, but after inspecting it for a bit, it actually seems alright.
    – Dave Liu
    Jan 31, 2016 at 21:07
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    The same arguments can be said for table salt.
    – jiggunjer
    Mar 16, 2016 at 1:51

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