Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hidden MSG and Shao Xing Wine Jelly

Vegetable fried rice
Food Diary (October 29, 2011)
Breakfast: Sourdough bread, muesli etc
Lunch: Rolled oats with banana, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Dinner: Vegetable fried rice, bread

I went to bed around 6 in the morning and had 'breakfast' before sleeping. I woke up after lunch and felt like eating breakfast again. Its often said, whether rightly or wrongly, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Wikipedia defines breakfast as the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep, most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day's work. According to the definition I perhaps ate breakfast twice and skipped lunch, so I had the most important meal of the day twice. My day turned out relatively productive so maybe two breakfast did help!

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: masak-masak
Chinese Shao Xing Wine Jelly with Chicken Roulade and Cucumber

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Care2
MSG has a negative reputation, whether or not this is justified is another story. Care2 has a list of some lesser-known food sources that contain MSG.
1.      Soup: Most soup bases, commercial stocks, bouillion powder and cubes contain MSG.
2.      Spice Mixtures: Most spice mixtures contain MSG—frequently as autolyzed yeast or yeast extract.
3.      Infant Formula: some infant formula contains MSG
4.      Soy “Meat” Products:  Many of the vegetarian burgers, hot dogs, sausages, or other meat alternatives contain textured vegetable protein (TVP), hydrolyzed vegetable protein or hydrolyzed plant protein, all of which usually contain MSG.
5.      Baby Food: baby food often include glutamate
6.      Bottled Sauces: many bottled sauces contain MSG.
7.      Salad Dressings: Bottled salad dressings may contain “natural flavour,” “spices,” or “seasoning,” all of which can contain MSG.
8.      Salad Croutons: Most croutons are flavored with bouillion, soup base, or “natural” or artificial flavors that contain MSG.
9.      Protein Powder: Many of the protein powders used for weight loss or muscle building, even those sold in health food stores can contain MSG, usually as hydrolyzed protein or hydrolyzed soy protein.
10.  Vaccines: Many vaccines contains MSG or glutamate.  The chickenpox and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (M-M-R) vaccines are two common examples.

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  1. It's scary that baby food contains MSG.
    Love the unusual presentation for aspic ... not for me tho. Can't tune my mind to anything other than sweet for jellies. Dad used to love savory aspics.
    I could have breakfast food 3 meals a day ... sunny side up eggs (yum), bacon (major yum), sausages (yum), grilled tomatoes (more yum) .... 3 important meals a day ... perfection!

  2. Protein powder?! Wow. Is that mostly the scary whey-based aimed-at-men kinds of protein powder, or lots of them? Surely my Sunwarrior doesn't...

  3. Your vegetable fried rice looks wonderful.

  4. It just seem totally wrong that baby food contains MSG!

  5. It's not the first time I notice you have very original meals hours.
    MSG is now one of the most hated food additive. On the other hand it is full of the very fashionable umami taste and seaweed apparently contains naturally MSG...
    I have lots of second-hand cookery books and one of them, written I think in the 70s by a Chinese chef, who emigrated to the US, has MSG in most of the recipes ingredients list! It's a very interesting document from the historical and nutritional point of view.

  6. The rice looks delicious. That jelly photo is really cool.

  7. Other than the bullion cubes, I don't partake of the listed items. However, I am a fan of MSG but use it sparingly in foods.

  8. First of all, that mocha cupcake below looks AMAZING! Wow. what a fantastic photo and a great sounding dessert.

    Breakfast twice? That is right up my alley. I adore breakfast and would be happy to eat it three times a day.

  9. ping: I was surprised also to read that baby food contains MSG. I guess you must love café’s that sell all day breakfast.

    Hannah: the article does not say which ones but it says many contain MSG. Don’t know about Sunwarrior. But the truffles you make often don’t have MSG!

    Angie: oops, all gone!

    Elaine: thank you

    Sylvia: it is wrong, I guess this will change once there is more publicity

    Sissi: yes, hours change during the weekends sometimes! I heard about seaweed, and mushrooms probably contain MSG or similar taste enhancer as well (I think). You have a cookbook from the 70’s, amazing. Views on food would have been so different.

    Carol: thank you

    Yummychunklet: I remember your love for MSG!

    Mary: it does look divine

  10. Hi three cookies, I try avoid eating msg added food, not realizing it’s there in most seasonings and condiments. This is sad and scary.I must stop eating instant noodles . I avoid eating chicken that are injected with hormones.. I guess all these contribute towards all kinds of ill health. Need to go vegetarian twice a week..
    Ahaa, yummy looking fried rice- great for lunch, with jelly as dessert