I've always wondered this. A lot of people (Hippies mostly) genuinely believe it's the Anti-Christ of food additives. But if I remember anything from chemistry class, I know that... Mono (meaning one) Sodium (Salt) Glutam (which means it also has a certain type of sugar molecule) and -ate (which is the number of sugar molecules attached). What's so unsafe about a seasoning that is composed of salt and sugar molecules? There is a Montana made seasoning (Alpine) that has MSG, Salt, Pepper, Onions, and Garlic in it and I use it religiously and don't feel anything negative from consuming it.