« back to encyclopedia search results
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome
A condition that afflicts some people who eat in Chinese restaurants. The symptoms weren"t fully realised until the mid 1960"s.
They include headache, dizziness, facial pressure, chest pain, burning sensations in the back and neck, and numbness.
Researchers in America easily induced these symptoms by drinking a mixture of two teaspoons (10ml) of Monosodium Glutamate; MSG) and six fluid ounces of tomato juice. Although in 1969, four medical researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York published a report that as little as a quarter of a teaspoon of MSG could produce the symptoms in some subjects. See Monosodium Glutamate