My MSG experiment: Swapping table salt for MSG

Is this the answer for low sodium diets? We are about to find out

6w ago

As many of you know I made my own MSG umami seasoning from ingredients that naturally have high amounts of MSG. Since doing this I have learned a lot, mainly that MSG is everywhere and that we eat it daily, sometimes in decent quantities to large amounts. Do you like a nice plate of pasta with a tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes, mushroom, onion, garlic and then plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano shredded on top? I know I do and all of the things I just listed are naturally high in MSG, that is why I used them to make my seasoning.

Not all salt is the same:

Many of the men in my family have died from congestive heart failure and now my dad is fighting it, so cutting back the salt intake is very important and well known in my family. When it comes to cutting out sodium but still enhancing flavor is where MSG shines the most. Your standard iodized table salt contains 575 - 590 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon, this is outrageously high, kosher salt contains 480 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon, kosher is a little better but still very high, Himalayan pink salt contains 420 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon, it's a small drop but not enough for a low sodium diet, MSG contains only 125 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon, that is a huge drop in sodium levels when it comes to a low sodium diet and many people find they only need half of that amount to enhance the foods flavor which brings that number down to 62.5 mg of sodium. Now I must say, not all low sodium diets are the same so 125 mg may still be way too much for your particular diet.

Enhancing flavor:

Enhancing flavor is another area where MSG beats salt as well, especially with savory foods. Salt will enhance the flavor but with a salty taste as well, but MSG will enhance the flavor without adding the saltiness. I have tasted this MSG right out of the bag, and you cannot taste any salt at all, in fact it has a very nice and subtle umami flavor. Our friend Chef Simonetta recommended I should try this brand of MSG because it is the one he uses as well. I have tried this MSG on a few things now and I must say it does work very well at enhancing the natural flavors of food without adding the salt flavor, which is fine with me, more flavor with less sodium, that is a win in my book.

Is MSG bad for you?

The short answer is no it's not bad or dangerous, but like many other food items if you eat enough of it, it could cause problems and like many food items you could have an allergic reaction to it but the chances of this are very low, symptoms are usually mild and don't require medical treatment.


I will be experimenting with MSG for both cutting back on sodium and enhancing flavor to see if I can cut back my own sodium consumption. I bought three pounds of MSG as you see in the picture above, but my parents took a pound for themselves to try, so I have two pounds left for this experimental journey. I will be posting some experiments and trials as I go so stay tuned for more.

Do any of you use MSG? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. Stay positive, stay wonderful and always remember, I love you FoodTribe!

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Comments (29)

  • ❤️ I would never steer you in the wrong direction 😊👍🏽

      1 month ago
    • I know you wouldn't, that is why I bought it. I have had some interesting results with it so far.

        1 month ago
  • The MSG information is intriguing, I'll have to dig deeper into the subject myself, for my plan (Keto/Intermittent Fasting) I actually require more sodium (Pink Himalayan salt is what I use, also a bit of minerals as well), but for many it is definitely lower sodium levels and the findings are interesting, similar to how "all" fats in our diets are bad for us, so I've heard that MSG is in the same"bad" catagory when it comes to foods (though only reaserch, like you've done, will prove it out!).

    Thanks for the insight Doug 😎👍🏼

      1 month ago
  • Interesting post...let us know about your experiment 😎

      1 month ago
  • Not adding salt to food for the last 15 years. Only use herbs and pepper to enhance flavor.

      1 month ago
    • Good! Cutting back on sodium is a good thing. 👍

        1 month ago
  • Very interesting

      1 month ago