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Liquid Seasoning

Knorr Liquid seasoning is a staple in Filipino food — you can go to any Filipino household, wherever they are in the world and when you open their refrigerator, you will also find this small, inconspicuous bottle with the green label.  I’m a health nut and even I have a bottle of Knorr liquid seasoning. Watch the Supermarket App Pro scan of Knorr Liquid Seasoning.

Unfortunately, the results have come back and here are the unsafe ingredients found in Knorr liquid seasoning

  • Disodium Guanylate — A food additive used in conjunction with MSG and is responsible for the umami flavor, it helps the intensity of salt so less is needed.  The major concerns for disodium guanylate is the fact that American’s over-consume sodium, which leads to hypertension, increase of stroke, stresses kidneys, as well as other conditions including osteoporosis, stomach cancer, edema, kidney stones, heart failure.
  • Disodium Inosinate — A flavor enhancer, used in conjunction with MSG and disodium guanylate.  Concerns for side effects such as headaches, gastric discomfort, burning sensation, numbness, chest discomfort, skin rashes and worsening of gout symptoms.  Although disodium inosinate has been given the green light approval by most agencies, it doest not mean it is permitted for indiscriminate use.   Use in moderation.
  • Sodium Glutamate and Monosodium Glutamate are both names for MSG — MSG’s safety profile here.

Does this mean that I will throw my Knorr seasoning away?  Probably not, but I won’t be using it to make food for my son anytime soon.