Potassium glutamate E621 is a preservative that is used in large quantities in almost every kind of food, also in restaurants, and it has the purpose to intensify the food taste.
It is a white crystal powder, that looks similar to sugar and salt. When you mix it in water, it has the taste of meat soup. It can be added in different kinds of food and it leads to increased appetite,overeating and overweight.
Potassium glutamate can act like drug, which easily enters the blood and brain, boosting the brain cells, as well as making some changes in the genes which are responsible for our sense of taste.
Every kind of food, like sausage, salami, hot dog, potato chips, dehydrated soup mixes, canned food, beer and many more, contain potassium glutamate. The safe dose is 1, 5g for an adult person and no more than half a gram for children. Today, everywhere in the world, nearly 200.000 tons of potassium glutamate are being produces every year. When there is an overdose of potassium glutamate, its symptoms are called “syndrome of Chinese restaurant”, which is manifested with the following: drowsiness, migraine, visual impairment, vertigo, hormonal imbalance, nausea and weakness, chest pains and so on.
Ikeda Kikunae was the man who performed a lot of experiments and discovered this substance in 1907, in Japan, and he proved that E621 enhances the food’s taste. But, it was not just for enhancing the natural taste of some products, because it also improves the taste of preservatives, junk food, frozen products.
As it sells more food, E621 is very popular in the United States. There were also some experiments in which mice had been given food with potassium glutamate regularly and they became blind after a short period. There are some negative consequences of this substance, and one of them is that it can affect the tongue receptors and by the time, their food perception worsens.
Because of the better taste of the food that potassium glutamate makes, sometimes we cannot control ourselves and we eat unhealthy foods, like e potato chips, chocolate, ready meals and so on. In this way, it causes addiction and even we are on a subconscious level, it still makes us to prefer the products and foods that contain it. This is for sure not good for our health, but it can only be good for the manufacturers as their sales will go up.
By using E621, food manufacturers have benefits, as in this way their production costs are reduced and in the same time, they make the low – quality products to look good. This must be stopped as soon as possible.
You will also need to be very careful when it comes to buying groceries. Read the labels and the ingredients lists, so you can see what they contain. And when you cook, prefer choosing natural spices.