On The Lookout For MSG in Adobo

Feb 24, 11 On The Lookout For MSG in Adobo

Many of mami and abuelita’s traditional dishes are so finger-licking good because of the special sazon they use to flavor their many culinary concoctions. No, love is not the secret ingredient, although it certainly does help. The mouthwatering results are partly due to the addition of Adobo Goya or Maggi to the pot, flavors every Latino grew with and never complained about. But, sadly, like so many other things from our childhood, we are now discovering that there are components in our favorite seasonings that are not so healthy. Flavorings like Goya and Maggi are loaded with MSG, a.k.a monosodium glutamate, an additive used as a flavor enhancer. While most commonly found in Chinese food, it can also be found in canned goods, sauces, soups, packaged chips, dressings, and even cottage cheese and yogurt. Although it is generally considered harmless by the FDA, many scientific studies show that MSG can contribute to or exacerbate health problems such as migraines, nausea, sleep disorders, heart irregularities, joint and bone pain and diabetes. Plus, it’s been linked to obesity. Play it safe and read labels, and familiarize yourself with ingredients that are sure to contain MSG. Shame about the Goya, but there are plenty of healthy alternatives out there, and mami and abuelita are sure to have plenty more tricks up their sleeves to keep food tasty and nutritious.


  1. Asbel Perez /

    This is not right, Thank God I make my own sofrito!!

  2. Ana L. Flores /

    I´m so sad I read this! I love my Adobo Goya….sniff…sniff…

    • wordpress /

      We want you to be safe and healthy, chica. :)

      • hambone /

        MSG isn’t any worse for you than salt unless you specifically have an intolerance to it, which only like 1 in 30 people have. Typically you would get a noticeable headache after every single time you eat MSG if you do. I studied msg extensively for my grad work, and I actually cook with it regularly because it tastes so darn good.

  3. Ginny /

    I have been buying Goya Adobo for several years now specifically because the label does not include MSG or anything that (I think) can turn into MSG: salt, granulated garlic, tricalcium phosphate (prevents caking), oregano, blackpepper, turmeric. Which of these is MSG? It doesn’t even say “natural flavorings.”

  4. caro paul /

    what does natural flavour signifies?well bkos inted to run a canteen of my own so i decided to seach for food flavour enhancers, so with the read above i realy want to know if its safe to run a restuarant with this seasoners

  5. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for anti aging

  6. Very glad to have read this article. My daughter has been complaining of headaches after eating meat. I sprinkle Goya Adobo con pimento on everything, but never really suspected MSG since it wasn’t anywhere on the label. Where is the FDA on this?

  7. Iroska /

    People FDA IS BUSINESS,A company they don’t care about regulation for health reasons, they only regulate to control the food and drug market!! They are a bunch of corporate assholes who make a buck on making people sick! Even the so called drugs do not cure the disease they mask it so it can come back again and again to make money of us! Open your eyes!! We are a $$ to them.

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