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Is it true that MSG can trigger obesity? Check out the Nutritionist’s Explanation

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CANTIKA.COM, Jakarta – National Nutrition Day is entering its 62nd year and the Ministry of Health is campaigning for joint action to prevent stunting and obesity. Both of these things are still global problems and it is important for all Indonesian families to understand them and apply a regular and healthy diet with balanced nutrition.

The chairman of PERGIZI PANGAN Indonesia, Hardinsyah, explained the scientific facts and the latest research journals regarding umami seasoning so that they could dispel the negative stigma that umami spices such as MSG can cause obesity.

“Anyone is at risk for obesity, from children to adults. In principle, there are many factors that trigger obesity, there are triggers from genetic potential, potential metabolic disorders, or also hormonal imbalances. Now, in this webinar, what I want to highlight is that there are still many opinions that umami spices such as MSG can cause obesity,” said Hardin in the webinar: “Does Umami Really Cause Obesity?” on February 2, 2022.

According to Hardin, there are many research journals such as in China and Vietnam that can prove that the use of MSG does not cause overweight or obesity. These studies started from using animal samples to the most recent in humans, starting from 2008 to 2013.

Another resource person in this webinar, namely Ahmad Sulaeman, Professor of Food Safety and Nutrition at the Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB, said that MSG or umami seasoning also has benefits such as being able to control appetite, improve digestion of protein foods, and be able to increase saliva production (water). saliva) which plays a role in helping the digestive process of complex compounds in the mouth, so that when they are in the stomach they are easily absorbed by the body.

“To prevent degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and hypertension, in order to achieve a healthy life, it is important to heed the recommendations from the Indonesian Ministry of Health regarding limiting sugar, salt, fat (GGL) intake,” said Ahmad.

“Actually, if we want the food we consume to have a high taste, but also want a low-salt diet, using umami spices such as MSG can be used as a solution. Many studies abroad, such as in Japan, show that the use of MSG can be a low-salt diet strategy. Because, the sodium content in MSG is only 1/3 of the sodium content in ordinary table salt,” he continued.

Recognizing the importance of a salt diet for health, Ajinomoto introduced the “Salt Wise” campaign. Grant Senjaya, Head of Public Relations Department of PT Ajinomoto Indonesia explained, “Currently we have a “Bijak Garam” campaign that educates the public about the importance of a low-salt diet and invites Indonesian families to live healthier lives by reducing their intake or use of salt in cooking.

One of the factors that make it difficult to reduce salt in cooking is to keep the taste delicious and not bland. This “Salt Wise” campaign can be a smart solution in reducing the use of salt in every dish by maintaining a balanced taste. Reducing salt intake or a low-salt diet can be replaced by using salt with umami spices such as MSG.

Read: A Wise Campaign for Consumption of Salt to Prevent Stunting and Obesity

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