Definition of monosodium glutamate in English:

monosodium glutamate

Line breaks: mono|so¦dium glu¦ta|mate
Pronunciation: /mɒnə(ʊ)ˈsəʊdɪəm
 
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noun

  • A compound which occurs naturally as a breakdown product of proteins and is used as a flavour enhancer in food (although itself tasteless). A traditional ingredient in oriental cooking, it was originally obtained from seaweed but is now mainly made from bean and cereal protein.
    • Chemical formula: HOOC(CH2)2(NH2)COONa
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    • It is superior ingredients, not monosodium glutamate, that contribute to the fresh flavour, he said.
    • Wheat gluten has also been used as a cattle feed and as a starting point for the manufacture of the food flavour enhancer, monosodium glutamate.
    • Soy protein processing produces glutamic acid - the natural form of monosodium glutamate, a brain poison - and toxins and carcinogens are formed.

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