MSG – people either love it or hate it. Ever since 1968, when Dr. Koop described a series of symptoms he suffered after eating out at a Chinese restaurant, people have been blaming monosodium glutamate (MSG) for “Chinese restaurant syndrome.” But is MSG really the culprit? And what is it about this small crystal with no distinctive taste of its own that makes food taste so good? Should you use MSG when cooking at home? Learn more about the pros and cons of using MSG.