I am not sure if you had an article about the negatives of MSG but since you are defending it ("In Defense of MSG," June 15), I would like your readers to be able to make up their own minds. It is not really the MS that is the problem but the G in Glutimate. The case against it has been made by Russel Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon, in his book, Excitotoxins the Taste that Kills. I read it years ago. Now you do not have to buy it, just use YouTube to view it and other talks by that same MD.
He does point out that the processed food industries are on a quest to disguise its use. Certain additives always contain MSG. They are Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Protein, yeast extract and autolyzed yeast, to name just a few. People can be eating a lot of glutamate while avoiding the MSG label.
The study mentioned said there was no difference with the MSG group as well as the control group. There was probably Glutamate in the food the placebo group was eating. When I had bad problems from it years ago, no doctor thought of even considering that as a possible cause. After eliminating it, several health problems cleared up.
Your picture shows a small container of it. In restaurant supply stores, I have seen it in 100-pound tins. It is not just used lightly.
John Yamas, Arcata