The International Glutamate Information Service (IGIS) provides up-to-date information about glutamate, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and umami, including umami taste, as well as the role glutamate plays in our food and our bodies, and its nutritional benefits.
MSG stands for monosodium glutamate (also known as sodium glutamate), a common food ingredient that is a pure form of glutamate, the most common amino acid in our diets. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The tongue has taste receptors for glutamate, just as it does for sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes. Glutamate is the purest taste of umami. When MSG is added to foods, it enhances and enriches their savory (umami) and rich flavors.
Our goal is to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information about glutamate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and umami. Here you will find information about the discovery and taste of glutamate and the role it plays in our food and our bodies. Also learn about the nutritional benefits of umami and MSG related to appetite, sodium reduction, and overall health.