High School Student Shows MSG Stunts Brain Growth

by Rajashri on  August 16, 2008 at 3:28 PM Research News
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 High School Student Shows MSG Stunts Brain Growth
A summer research study carried out by a teenage Canadian high school student has unearthed a link between stunted brain development and the consumption of popular food additive MSG.

Grade 11 student Michelle Ah-Seng was selected along with 22 other high school students to take part in the summer research program at the University of Calgary. Ah-Seng, who studies Grade 12 at Cochrane high school, injected the brain cells of fresh water snails with monosodium glutamate.

Neuroscientist Naweed Syed, who supervised the study, said the discovery was exciting. "This is the first unequivocal evidence, to my knowledge, that MSG has direct effect on neuronal ability," Syed said. "The stuff she has done (in six weeks), I would call it equivalent to a master's degree."

Ah-Seng plans to continue her research in Grade 12 as well.

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It's great that this student has undertaken a science project of this type - it shows that she has ambition and could be a scientist one day.

Until that day, she should let her analysis of the data to the trained professionals.

All she did was show that snail neural cells, when placed in a foreign environment, are susceptable to the effects of an ionized substance. Odds are that salt would do the same as MSG in this study.
It is glutamate that is found in the blood serum - not Monosodium Glutamate. Perhaps the 17% sodium in the mix caused these issues??

All this turns out to be is another sensationalistic anti-MSG report that doesn't hold water.

Cheers!

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I guess they should stop using MSG in vaccines!

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