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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The monosodium Glutamate (MSG) symptom complex

Published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 99, Issue 6, Part 1, June 1997, Pages 757-762 and a recipe for pad thai.

Study title and authors:
The monosodium glutamate symptom complex: Assessment in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
MD,FRCPCWilliam H. Yanga, , MD,FRCPCMichel A. Drouina, MScMargaret Herbertb, PhDYang Maob, c and MDCM,FRCPCJacob Karsha
aDepartment of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
bLaboratory Center for Disease Control, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
cBureau of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

This paper can be accessed at:

Ingestion of MSG provoked an increase in headache, muscle tightness, numbness/tingling, general weakness, and flushing occurred more frequently after MSG than placebo ingestion.

The author comments these occurrences could be termed 'the MSG symptom complex'.

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Recipe of the day

Pad Thai

◦1 lb duck breast (chicken thighs, shrimp, sirloin would all work well)
◦1/4 c fat (butter, coconut oil, or bacon fat)
◦2 zucchinis
Muscovy (Barbarie) Female Duck Breast - Boneless
Food Mall: Duck Breast
◦1 onion
◦4 cloves garlic
◦1 T apple cider vinegar
◦2 T fresh ginger, minced
◦3 T almond butter
◦1 T chili garlic sauce
◦1 T fish sauce (optional)
◦1 lime, juiced
◦sliced green onions

For the duck, melt the fat in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Salt and pepper the duck. Add to the pan and sear, skin side down, until you get a nice, crispy crust, about 8 minutes. Flip it over and sear on the other side, about another 7 minutes. Remove the duck from the pan, let it rest and drain the rendered fat from the pan, until you have about 1/2 cup in the pan–just a rough measure.

While the duck is going…

If you have a mandoline, get it out and start slicing the zuchinnis lengthwise. If you don’t have one, you can get one on the cheap at TJ Maxx or you can get it from Amazon (check out our ‘Must Haves’ on the right)…or you can use a knife to slice the zukes as thinly as you can (lengthwise). Then slice them into thin strips, just like a noodle. Another option, for speed, lack of the proper tools or sheer laziness, you can just chop the zukes into chunks. Not quite the same effect, but same flavor.

In the reserved fat, saute the onion, garlic and ginger, until soft. Add the fish sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, lime juice and almond butter. Stir to combine.

Add the zuke noodles to the saute pan. Stir them around to get the sauce incoporated onto the “zoodles”. The point here is get the “zoodles” hot and very slightly cooked through (just like an al dente noodle!), about 10 minutes.

Serve hot and topped with a squeeze of lime juice and some chopped green onions.