Just saw this funny, well written ode to MSG that's not all about allergies and other pseudoscientific reasons to pick and choose the foods you like to freak out over (like "Chinese food", vs Doritos, tomatoes, beets or seaweed).
A great quote:
"I know that you’ve had some tough times the past few years. People have called to ban you, to oust you from the kitchen. They held that you were unsafe and toxic and unnatural. They accused you of causing headaches, diarrhea, and increased heart rate, as well as asthma, cancer, and brain disease. I read that you caused “fuzzy thinking,” which is as vague as it is untrue. Korea and Japan just ate, like, three thousand pounds of MSG for lunch and everyone seems to be thinking very clearly as they design our phones, TVs, and our robot army."
Check out the whole piece by Annie, and browse some of the other interesting pieces of writing from Asian American authors as well!