Monosodium glutamate and chicken essence are very common seasonings in the kitchen. Mom can’t do without these delicious helpers. However, it is said that MSG and chicken essence can cause cancer. Is it necessary to give up MSG and chicken essence for cooking? A smart mother who understands scientific knowledge and scientific methods of MSG and chicken essence is not only carcinogenic but also delicious.
First, the origin of monosodium glutamate and chicken essence. Monosodium glutamate is mainly composed of sodium glutamate, which was produced by Japanese scientists at the beginning of last century by evaporating a large amount of kelp soup. Glutamic acid is an amino acid component of protein, which exists in many natural foods and has no toxicity. In modern food industry, monosodium glutamate purified from monosodium glutamate does not produce “chemical raw materials” in the production process, and according to research, under the current use method and amount, long-term consumption of monosodium glutamate will not have adverse effects on human body.
It is said that monosodium glutamate is carcinogenic when the temperature is too high, and the monosodium glutamate in monosodium glutamate is heated to more than 120 ℃, which may produce sodium pyroglutamate. Sodium pyroglutamate is a legendary carcinogen, but in fact, sodium pyroglutamate only makes monosodium glutamate lose its flavor and will not cause cancer, so when using monosodium glutamate, the temperature in the pot is best between 70 and 90 degrees.
There is also chicken essence, which is similar to monosodium glutamate in function, but it has richer flavor and better taste than monosodium glutamate, so it is more suitable for stewing and seasoning. Monosodium glutamate is more suitable for cooking fish and cold dishes. However, it is worth mentioning that chicken essence does not contain chicken ingredients, nor is it extracted from chicken soup. Chicken essence is just a little more starch, flavoring nucleotides, sugar and other spices than monosodium glutamate, so in essence, it is similar to monosodium glutamate. There is no basis for saying that chicken essence is more nutritious and healthier than monosodium glutamate.