Yesterday we were in Nob Hill Foods, at the deli counter, to pick up some sliced turkey. While we were waiting for the turkey, we were offered a sample of their fajita salad, which I promptly passed off to John, since I didn’t feel like sampling. About seven minutes later, John said, “I think there was MSG in that. A LOT of it.” His mouth had gone totally dry and his head started to feel tight, like the onset of a headache. That must have been a LOT of MSG to have such a drastic effect for so little food in so little time!
In any case, we’ve learned our lesson – no samples unless we can see a list of ingredients! And luckily the feeling passed within a half hour, and never made it to the ‘itching between the fingers’ stage, which is the WORST.
[Tags: msg, monosodium glutamate, food, allergy]