Okay so this ingredient was a big fat no in our family growing up. Along with meat tenderizers, food coloring (even candy with certain colors was completely banned), that aluminum foil thing that desis put on their kheer, any kind of pre-made shan masalas, etc etc. Oh yeah... and we rarely ate any chicken that wasn't organic.
To the extent that my dad would give lectures to restaurant managers about MSG-use in their cooking. It was slightly embarrassing, because no one but us seemed to have a problem with it. And, my mom was just such an excellent cook that she could make things without things to enhance the taste.
Anyhoo... so I got married a little while ago. And we eat out 2x a week (either at someone's place or at a restaurant). And I have started having SEVERE migraines. To the extent that it doesn't get better until I throw up and sleep for a few hours. I was even admitted to the hospital in April because the vomiting wouldn't stop until they gave me an injection.
A doctor friend of mine told me that it must be something I've introduced into my diet since I got married. Living in Pakistan -- we ate EVERYTHING fresh. We even grew our own vegetables and herbs. It was totally farm-to-mouth.
Soooo...recently I got rid of all the shan masalas that I thought would save me 100 hours. I threw out the meat tenderizer that my husband used for his bbqing. I chucked out the package of "chinese salt" that he used for his stir-fry. I even force him to take me to an open market (which is wayyyy far from our house... and where women are rarely seen).
My headaches have gotten much better (and I've picked up the annoying habit my dad had -- I even asked one of my hosts if she used chinese salt in her cooking
The problem is... my husband totally disagrees. He's very nice about eating my very bland food. And I keep a handful of chopped green chillies for him to chew on. And if I ever DO make anything Shan, I make myself a salad, because I just cannot stomach that stuff. He thinks it's totally in my head. He recently pulled out an FDA statement on MSG. He also pointed me to an entire generation raised on preservatives who are fine and healthy. He totally has a point. And the 2 doctors we've seen all kinda agree with him.
We joke about it all the time -- but it's kinda not so funny.
Does anyone else experience what I do?