Consumption of the widely used food additive monosodium glutamate, or MSG, may increase your likelihood of being overweight.
Researchers studied more than 750 men and women in three villages in China where about 80 percent of people add MSG in cooking. They found that those who used the most MSG were almost three times as likely to be overweight.
The mechanism for the connection between MSG and obesity as yet remains unclear.
* New York Times August 26, 2008