Medical Dictionary: Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

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Chinese Restaurant Syndrome: Another name for Monosodium glutamate (MSG) adverse reaction.
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (condition): Allergy or adverse reaction to food additive Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (condition): Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a food additive used as a flavor enhancer. It is commonly used in Chinese food. A small percentage of people react adversely to eating this additive.

Chinese Restaurant Syndrome: Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer, and, when consumed in large amounts, can cause flushing, sensations of warmth, headache, facial pressure, chest pain, or feelings of detachment in some people. These transient reactions occur rapidly after eating large amounts of food to which MSG has been added. 1

More information on medical condition: Monosodium glutamate (MSG) adverse reaction:

1. excerpt from Food Allergy and Intolerances, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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