Monosodium Glutamate as Food Flavor And Enhancer in Dairy & Frozen Products:Patent Overview
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer that is added to food to bring out the savory taste. It is a food additive used commonly in many foods. MSG does not have a distinct flavor on its own, but it helps to intensify the natural savory flavor of foods. The taste gained from naturally occurring or added MSG in foods is described as ‘ Umami’ – the fifth basic taste after sweet, sour, bitter and salty. One of the other reasons that MSG is added to food is to help reduce the sodium content. MSG is lower in sodium than table salt. Therefore the sodium content of processed foods can be lowered by using MSG to replace some of the salt. Due to the virtue of its nature, it finds its applicability in several food industries including the dairy & frozen products. There are patents filed focusing on the innovations with respect to the compositions, applications. To know more details it is worth going through the patent overview.
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