A Study of Perception on the MSG Usage and Self Recognized MSG Symptom Complex After Eating Out

외식섭취 후 MSG사용에 대한 인식과 MSG 복합증후군 자각경험에 대한 연구

  • Kim, Up Sik (Department of Hotel Culinary Arts, Yeonsung University) ;
  • Chang, Hyun Chung (Department of Food and Nutrition, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Han, Myung Joo (Department of Food and Nutrition, Kyung Hee University)
  • 김업식 (연성대학교호텔조리과) ;
  • 장현정 (경희대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 한명주 (경희대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과)
  • Received : 2014.08.13
  • Accepted : 2014.12.04
  • Published : 2014.12.31


The objective of this study was to determine the perception of monosodium glutamate (MSG) contents in eating out menu and MSG symptom complex. Respondents in the Seoul area were surveyed from Feb. 10 to 20, 2014. The results are summarized as follows. The 51.3% of respondents were male and 48.7% of them were female. As for age, 73.5% of respondents were 20~24 years old. Favorite menu of respondents' eating out were Korean food (57.8%), Western food (17.6%), Fast food (9.5%), Japanese food (6.2%), Chinese food (5.2%). Male respondents favored Korean food (62.4%), Fast food (10.2%) and Western food (9.6%), but female respondents favored Korean food (53.0%), Western food (26.2%) and Fast food (8.7%). The 48.7% of respondents considered Chinese food containing high amount of MSG. A few respondents (18.6%) recognized to usage amount of MSG as consideration factor to select eating out menu. However, most respondents (55.2%) perceived harmful to take excessive amount of MSG contained food. The 37.9% of respondents had experience of MSG symptom complex after eating out. Respondents' self recognized MSG symptom complex were thirstiness (84.5%), drowsiness (55.7%), weakness (34.5%), nausea (30.2%), tightness (20.7%) and headache (14.7%). The 19.9% of respondents like MSG contained food. The reason for disliking MSG contained food were 'bad for health' (66.3%) and 'MSG symptom' (33.2%). The reason for liking MSG contained food were 'good taste (83.6%) and 'habitual eating' (14.8%). The result of this study showed that some sensitive people have unpleasant reaction after eating out. Therefore, it is suggested that natural flavor enhancer may develop to replace the use of MSG.


Monosodium glutamate (MSG);eating out;MSG symptom complex


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