Artificial flavor enhancers are used to enhance the flavor of foods by adding umami, which lends a meaty, savory mouthfeel. Sensitive individuals may experience adverse reactions with MSG consumption, and moreover, foods that are high in MSG are typically highly processed convenience foods of poor nutrition quality.
While researchers continue to study the effects of added flavor enhancers on our health, we prefer to source items that taste good naturally.
Where You Might Find Them
Meat, broth, savory snacks, soups, seasonings, mustard, frozen foods, coffee drinks, candy and ice cream are examples of products that could contain flavor enhancers.
Banned Flavor Enhancers
- Disodium Guanylate (GMP)
- Disodium Inosinate (IMP)
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – E621
- Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
- Vanillin – synthetic