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View Poll Results: Poll - Use of MSG
Always use MSG in sauces/rubs/brines. Love it! 52 61.18%
Seldom use MSG in sauces/rubs/brines. 9 10.59%
Never use MSG in sauces/rubs/brines. 14 16.47%
Don't know if I use MSG in sauces/rubs/brines. 10 11.76%
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Unread 04-13-2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default POLL - Use of MSG in comp cooking

There has been recently as well as in the past, quite a bit of talk about MSG, monosodium gluamate, MSG.

I have yet to see a poll on how many comp BBQers knowingly use MSG, so I thought a poll would be very insightful, at least for me... having a sensitivity to it.
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Unread 04-15-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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Just bumping this up as would like to keep up top for a few more days.
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I use it at home why not in comps?
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Studied a lot of teams who compete on the NY circuit and those who do not use it are in a small minority.
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This poll got me thinking a little. I initially answered "Don't know" but after going home to check out my BBQ supplies, I need to change it to "Always use it"!

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MSG = makes stuff gooder. The only concern is with hypochondriacs who wanna cry headache. It's BBQ not health food.
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MSG = makes stuff gooder.
That's a fact!

I am in no way suggesting limiting MSG in an comp or in any way and I assure you I am no hypochondriac. But I know when I eat it! And I will keep on eating it and judging comps and suffer the consequences. I do whine and cry a little though!

Just curious about how widespread its use is in comps.

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MSG = makes stuff gooder.
Awesome!

MSG is just like anything else...sure there are a few people who are allergic too it, but the numbers are very small.
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I know a research assistantat the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with
MSG when they are first born.

The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: 'MSG-Treated Rats.'

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance.

Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more.

A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?

'Betcha can't eat [just] one,' takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight!

MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added.

I'm not an idiot. I know that you want to do everything you can to win a comp. I also know that BBQ is not a health food.

However, MSG is a poison and I would no more use MSG in my cooking than I would mix anti-freeze in with my cocktails to make them sweeter or mix cocaine in with my rub.
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However, MSG is a poison and I would no more use MSG in my cooking than I would mix anti-freeze in with my cocktails to make them sweeter or mix cocaine in with my rub.
I tried mixing cocaine in my rub once - it just made me sneeze alot more!
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However, MSG is a poison and I would no more use MSG in my cooking than I would mix anti-freeze in with my cocktails to make them sweeter or mix cocaine in with my rub.
I was fine with everything you said up until the last sentence. I think calling it a "poison" and likening it to antifreeze and cocaine is a bit much. Assuming for a moment that it does cause obesity and is addictive, that doesn't make it a poison. No more than a donut or a pizza could be called a poison.

Do you have other facts that support the "poison" mentality?
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We just went through this drill-----
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=82319&highlight=msg

If you are not up to speed on the Brethren policy there--take a look.

May I suggest we all knock it off before Jorge gets involved???
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I know a guy too. He says MSG is as safe as air. I only buy cereal with MSG in it, and spoon a little extra on top of the cereal before pouring in some MSG-enhanced milk.

Just saying. He said so.

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I would no more use MSG in my cooking than I would mix anti-freeze in with my cocktails to make them sweeter or mix cocaine in with my rub.
You don't use cocaine in your rubs?
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Just for the record - Allegedly: smoked & grilled food is a carcinogen, MSG is bad for you, beef is responsible for depletion of the ozone (methane from cow farts), raising pigs creates storm water run-off littered with pig feces, chicken is filled with hormones, and Al Gore invented the internet.

If any of these claims bother you, you should seriously consider switching to tofu (which btw allegedly causes dementia)
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