The Rak Foundation on

Hidden MSG In Our Food Supply: Disodium Inosinate

Published on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 18:18

Disodium inosinate is another hidden source of MSG in processed foods.  It contains free glutamic acid (the main component of MSG).

Like it Disodium Guanylate and Monosodium Glutamate, Diosodium Inosinate is a flavor enhancer.  It’s used to strengthen and build savory flavors.

Disodium Inosinate is another ingredient that is expensive for food manufacturers to include in their products.  So you’ll often see Disodium Insosinate used in combination with Disodium Guanylate or Monosodium Glutamate.  The combination of Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate is synergistic and together they have an intensified effect on the flavor of the foods in which they are used.   

Again, most sources you’ll find will claim that Disodium Inosinate has no side effects at all.  But because it contains free glutamic acid, those who are already sensitive to MSG can expect to experience the same symptoms after consumption.  So responses like headaches, migraines, rapid heartbeat, allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms and anxiety are all possible after ingesting food products containing Disodium Inosinate.

Disodium Inosinate is another ingredient that may be preferred by food manufacturers over actual Monosodium Glutamate.  MSG is required to be listed on food labels while Disodium Inosinate is not.    They understand that while many consumers may wish to avoid Monosodium Glutamate, those same consumers may not be as familiar with ingredients containing free glutamic acids (hidden MSG). 

Disodium Inosinate may or may not be considered a vegetarian or vegan ingredient.  It is sourced from fish, pork and seaweed.  If it is included in the ingredient list of a meatless product, vegetarians and vegans may want to contact the manufacturer and ask for the source of the ingredient, as they are not required to reveal the source on the product labeling.  

Visit The Rak Foundation for Nutritional Awareness for more information on how we can change the way America eats!