Food additives you should avoid

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  • Updated:2 May 2008
 

06.Flavour enhancers

List showing flavour enhancersFlavour enhancers such as glutamates (621-625) are found in many foods, including packet soups, flavoured noodles, sauces and savoury snacks.

People sensitive to monosodium glutamate (MSG, 621) may have short-term reactions such as headaches, flushing and numbness when they eat foods that contain large amounts of MSG, and some asthmatics may also be susceptible.

CHOICE verdict

For most people MSG and other glutamates are harmless.

If you’re sensitive to MSG, check labels for it.


 

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