'Aji no moto' also known as sodium glutamate or (Monosodium glutamate )MSG, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid. MSG can enhance other taste-active compounds, improving the overall taste of certain foods. MSG mixes well with meat, fish, poultry, many vegetables, sauces, soups, and marinades.MSG can be used to reduce salt intake (sodium), which predisposes to hypertension, heart diseases and stroke. 1995 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that MSG is safe when "eaten at customary levels"
Used by Multiple fast food chains and in some processed foods to enhance the flavors present in the food, including chips and other snacks.