Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant amino acids in our diet. In foods, it imparts fullness and impacts taste as well as provides mildness and complexity of flavor. By replicating these natural taste components, MSG provides the exceptional ability to improve the umami taste of foods. It is made from corn through fermentation process and is commonly found in tomatoes, parmesan, potatoes, mushrooms, and other vegetables and fruits. MSG works best in vegetables and salads as well as for soups and gravies. This additive is popular in Asian cooking and is used in various processed foods in the West.