Why Do We Call it Betsin/Vetsin ?

Have you ever thought vetsin (betsin) is a common name for monosodium glutamate, MSG? I thought it was!

The right term is Ve-Tsin, not vetsin or betsin. It is a trade name, like the very popular Aji-No-Moto. It is manufactured by Tien Chu Ve-Tsin Chemical Limited. A Chinese chemical company that was established in 1929. So there is a strong possibility that Chinese merchants were responsible for bringing the vetsin here in the Philippines. It became popular to our elders long before the Aji-No-Moto was introduced. People called it vetsin and continue calling it such even after Aji-No-Moto ate the competition.

Some products are so popular that we use its trade name to refer to similar products of different brands.

The customer says:

– May I buy colgate, preferably Close-Up? Why is he buying a Close-Up colgate?

– Please xerox my notes! The establishment only have Canon photocopiers so how can he do xerox ?

vetsin imagesIn can is Vet-Tsin Gourmet Powder, by The Tien Chu VE-Tsin (Hong Kong) Company Limited. The other two are manufactured by other companies.

MSG is known around the world as (msgtruth.org):

– In Japan, MSG is labeled as or – Ajinomoto
– In China, MSG = wie jing
– In the Phillipines,  MSG = Vetsin
– In Thailand, MSG = phong churot
– In Germany, MSG = Natriumglutaminat
– In Europe – MSG = E621, E620-625  also contain glutamate
– In the US – “umami”, MSG, glutamate, free glutamic acid

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Instant Noodles: MSG Becoming Toxic and Hard to Digest Wax

While checking my daily facebook news feed, I saw this issue posted by General Knowledge. The issue about instant noodles,  warning its lovers who are pond of it at least three times a week. Maybe it is true and some good Samaritans want to stop the spreading danger.  Or maybe a haux, a smear campaign against instant noodle manufacturer and the famous MSG manufacturer, Ajinomoto.

The article’s idea:

1) The current cooking instruction printed on instant noodles label is wrong. Maybe the manufacturer should bother changing it.

2) Boiling the separately packaged flavors in water changes the MSG to toxic form. It should be added after removing the softened noodles from fire.

The bad effects of MSG has been a debatable issue for decades. Still unproven these days. MSG represents the fifth basic taste called umami. MSG was previously known to make tongue more sensitive to four basic tastes.

3) The dry and crunchy noodles contains wax. The water should be discarded after boiling. It contains wax – able to stay inside body for four to five days. Then transfer the noodle and dissolve the flavor to another set of hot water.

Why add wax to food? Wax acts as invisible food protection. A function similar to other packaging material. Keso de bola outer surface is covered with wax. A thin coating is applied on candy to prevent melting. Fruits and vegetables for export are covered with it to retard rapid water loss and high respiration rate. Perhaps your favorite apples were subjected to wax treatment. Wax for food use are edible but not digestible.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Dangers of MSG / Monosodium Glutamate

The following is a part of my post about, “No Preservatives Added Declaration“.

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2. Monosodium Glutamate – It is a flavor enhancer made by fermentation of carbohydrate. Popular for giving food the umami flavor. I heard many testimonies about its bad effects but there are no solid evidences yet.
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JL was very kind and gave me two links about evidences that using MSG is bad for our health. The two videos are really convincing, they  bravely mentioned products with MSG and the brand Ajinomoto.  Eating foods with MSG is highly discouraged due to its affects to our health, both mentally and physically. umami

This video is considering MSG as “Excitotoxins: The taste that kills”. Excitotoxins  act by making the brain cells very excited to the point that it become exhausted and dies. In short, they are relating MSG to development of various brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  It also affects other body parts. [http://bit.ly/LiJuT]

This one is a documentary of 700 Club Asia. It states that MSG can cause obesity, diabetis, heart attacks, migraines, brain damage, epilepsy, diarrhea, joint pain, depression, dizziness, slurred speech, ADHD, insomia, anxiety, etc. Their featured products are Knorr, Campbells and Ajinomoto. [http://youtu.be/cZ3HVoH-MsM]

We are still using MSG for our daily cooking activities. We are now planning to stop. I am not encouraging anyone to avoid such products. You still have the freedom to believe or not. You may still search for other proofs.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.